Henry P. Alexander

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Henry Porteous Alexander
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byGeorge Petrie
Succeeded byAlexander H. Buell
Personal details
BornSeptember 13, 1801 (1801-09-13)
Little Falls, New York
DiedFebruary 22, 1867 (1867-02-23) (aged 65)
Little Falls, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyWhig
ProfessionBank President politician

Henry Porteous Alexander (September 13, 1801 – February 22, 1867) was a Bank President, and American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Little Falls, New York, Alexander was the son of William and Catherine Mary Porteous Alexander[1] and attended the public schools.


Alexander engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as banking. He served as president of the village of Little Falls in 1834 and 1835. Becoming president of the Herkimer County Bank at Little Falls in 1839, he served in that capacity until his death. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress.[2]

Elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress, Alexander represented the seventeenth district of New York from March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1851.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress, and resumed his former business pursuits.


Alexander died in Little Falls, New York, on February 22, 1867 (age 65 years, 162 days). He is interred at Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "Henry P. Alexander". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Henry P. Alexander". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Henry P. Alexander". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Henry P. Alexander". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 August 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Petrie
Representative of the 17th Congressional District of New York
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Succeeded by
Alexander H. Buell

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