Robert ALEXANDER, Congress, MD (1740-1805)


ALEXANDER, Robert, a Delegate from Maryland; born on the family estate in Cecil County (now part of the city of Elkton), Md., around 1740; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the provincial convention of Maryland 1774, 1775, and 1776; secretary of the Baltimore committee of observation and member of the council of safety in 1775; commissioned a first lieutenant in the Baltimore militia June 6, 1776; Member of the Continental Congress in 1776; after the promulgation of the Declaration of Independence he fled from Maryland to the British Fleet, joined the Associated Loyalists of America, and in 1782 sailed for London, England, where he remained; in 1780 he was adjudged guilty of high treason and his property was confiscated; died in London, England, November 20, 1805.


Johnson, Janet Bassett. Robert Alexander, Maryland Loyalist. 1942. Reprint, with a new introduction and preface by George Athan Billias, Boston: Gregg Press, 1972.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present