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John J. Crittenden Alexander Biography

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John J. Crittenden Alexander was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, June 19, 1842. He is the third in a family of five sons: Robert, James, Crittenden, Charles and Henry, and seven daughters: Mary, Martha, Sallie, Carrie, Julia, Pamelia and Eliza. The mother, Pamelia (Allen) Alexander, is yet living. The father, John D. Alexander, a philanthropist, died in 1854. In 1844 he removed to Warren County, Kentucky, where he resided until his death. He was a son of John Alexander, whose father, John, was a native of Virginia, and removed to Cumberland County, Kentucky, being one of the first settlers in that county. The descendants of John Alexander, Sr., can be numbered by thousands, and are prominent in almost every state in the union. They are far above mediocrity and noted for their energy and tact for pushing whatever enterprise they enter into, or whatever vocation they follow. John J. Crittenden Alexander received his early education in the common schools of Warren County, and finished with a course in Cecilian College. At the age of nineteen took a situation as clerk in a drug store, where he remained until 1872. Having a natural taste for horticultural pursuits, he has given his attention principally to that business for the last twelve years, and is now the proprietor of the most extensive orchards in southern Kentucky. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Sallie Carpenter. They are blessed by the birth of four sons: Dabney, Edward, Franklin and Charles, and two daughters: Beatrice and Ida.

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