Biography and History

Chalmers W. Alexander, known as Alex, was born in Jackson, Mississippi to H. Chalmers Alexander, a lawyer, and Marina Whitfield. Alexander attended Princeton University from 1928 to 1932 and went on to acquire an L.L.B. at the Jackson School of Law. His various employment experiences included the United States Bureau of Internal Revenue, Income Tax division, commissioner of Jackson, Mississippi (which he won by a landslide), a lawyer, and vice president and trust officer of First National Bank in Jackson. He volunteered for the Army and later became a private and captain in the Air Corps. Besides his professional career, Alexander devoted much of his time to his Presbyterian church where, as an Elder, he taught a Bible Class for men. In addition to Alexander, several of his relatives, including James, Julian, and Henry Alexander attended Princeton University. After his 25th anniversary, he stated, “Twenty-five years after, I still believe the undergraduate training at Princeton is the best in the Ivy League.” His impression of the best education can be seen firsthand throughout his letters home during his stay at Princeton.

Alexander passed away on June 29, 1996.

Source: From the finding aid for AC007


  • College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton..
  • Chalmers W. Alexander Letters. 1928-1932 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC007

    The Chalmers W. Alexander Letters contain correspondence from Chalmers Alexander (Princeton Class of 1932) to his mother during his attendance at Princeton University from 1928 to 1932. Approximately 500 letters were written during this time period; schedules, report cards, and church calendars are also included.