Hugh Quincy Alexander

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Hugh Quincy Alexander

Hugh Quincy Alexander (born August 7, 1911 in Glendon , North Carolina , † September 17, 1989 in Kannapolis , North Carolina) was an American politician . He represented the state of North Carolina between 1953 and 1963 as a member of the US House of Representatives .


Born on a farm in Moore County , Hugh Alexander attended public school and Duke University , where he graduated in 1932. He then began to study law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . He was admitted to the bar in 1937 and then worked for a few years as a lawyer in Kannapolis. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the United States Navy . He served there from 1942 to 1946, 34 months of which overseas. After the war, Alexander was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1947 and 1949 . He then worked from 1950 to 1952 as an attorney at the Recorders Court of Cabarrus County . In 1951 he was a member of the management of the American Legion .

Alexander was elected to the 38th Congress of the United States for Democrats in 1952 . He was also the successor to Robert L. Doughton, Chairman of the Tax Approvals Committee . Alexander was re-elected four times, but never got a secure footing in his district. There were two reasons for this: firstly, there were ever larger liberal currents and secondly, there was growing republican influence in the district. During his tenure, he participated in the constitution of the Southern Manifesto , which spoke out against racial integration in public institutions.

North Carolina lost after the census of 1960 one congressional district , the state Legislature saw a chance to re-elect the deputies Charles R. Jonas from Charlotte to prevent, then the only Republican among the delegates from North Carolina. Some areas that voted predominantly Republican were added to the district of Alexander. The intended effect did not materialize, however, which became clear in the 1962 election, in which Jonas won easily in his new district and Alexander lost by less than a percentage point to the Republican Jim Broyhill .

After his time in Congress, he was chief counsel in the Committee on Rules and Administration of the US Senate between 1963 and 1976. Hugh Alexander died on September 17, 1989 in Kannapolis.

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