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RG3722.AM:  George Sherman Alexander, 1832-1894

Papers:  1869-1870

Syracuse, Otoe County, Nebraska:  Minister; Immigration Commissioner

Size:  1 folder


George S. Alexander, son of Ira and Frances (Sherman) Alexander, was born in Cumberland, Rhode Island, on July 10, 1832.  He became a minister of the Methodist church in 1854.  He married Abby G. Smith in 1856.  After preaching in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut for over a decade, Alexander was transferred to Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, in 1868.

After settling in Nebraska, Rev. Alexander announced a series of six lectures, likely on the subjects of temperance and women’s rights.  He also wrote to eastern newspapers promoting emigration to Nebraska.  In 1869 Alexander was appointed State Commissioner of Immigration.  In this position he promoted Nebraska energetically, giving lectures and writing a pamphlet titled “Nebraska:  Its Resources and Prospects.”

By September 1873 Alexander was chaplain of the State Insane Asylum and in May 1874 he was chaplain of the State Penitentiary. He also served as chaplain of the Nebraska House of Representatives, 1875, and the Nebraska State Senate, 1877.

After his wife died in 1876, Alexander moved to Illinois, where he preached for five years.  He married Susan M. Godding in Philo, Illinois, on September 20, 1877. The Alexanders returned to Nebraska in 1881, settling in Syracuse.  Rev. Alexander organized the Methodist church in Turlington.  He was admitted to the bar on January 24, 1890.  He died in Syracuse on May 2, 1894.


This collection consists of one folder containing papers of George S. Alexander.  All of these papers relate to Alexander’s efforts to promote emigration to Nebraska.  Of primary interest is both a handwritten and typescript of Alexander’s “Nebraska:  Its Resources and Prospects.”  In this manuscript that was eventually distributed as a pamphlet, Alexander describes Nebraska’s geography and soil, history, climate, agricultural production, railroads, manufacturing, and educational and religious institutions.  Correspondence, 1869-1870, about the publication of the pamphlet is included.


Manuscript (handwritten and typescript) by George S. Alexander:  Nebraska:  Its Resources and Prospects

Correspondence, 1869-1870


Subject headings:

Alexander, George S., 1832-1894

Emigration — Nebraska

Immigration — Nebraska

Nebraska — Description and travel


Revised AIF          03-22-2019