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James Alexander
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  James Alexander was born in Scotland on May 27, 1691. He was trained as an engineer officer and received an education in mathematics and the sciences. He emigrated to America in 1715 and in that same year he was appointed Surveyor General of New Jersey as well as New York. In 1718, he became the first Official Recorder of Perth Amboy and he was also appointed Deputy Secretary of New York. Through these positions he acquired large areas of land. Alexandria Township in Hunterdon County is named after him.  
  In 1721, he became a member of the Council of New York but continued to be active in New Jersey. He studied law and was admitted to the Provincial Bar of New Jersey in 1723. He was an outstanding lawyer who became famous for his support of freedom of the press. He became a member of the Council of New Jersey in 1723 where he served until 1735. Alexander was made Attorney General on June 6, 1723 and served until 1728. He then occupied the role of defender of popular rights because of his interest in legal reform.  
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