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ALEXANDER, T. F.

Transcribed from:  The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. II, page 178.

ALEXANDER, T. F. is president of the Alexander Lumber Company of Tampa. He has been in the
lumber industry for a number of years, and has promoted himself from the ranks to an independent
place among the business men of the state.

Mr. ALEXANDER was born at Valdosta, Georgia, August 25, 1880, son of B. F. and ALICE (SHUMAN)
ALEXANDER. His parents were born in Georgia, and his mother died in that state May 13, 1913,
while his father died at Tampa in 1921. Of their thirteen children nine are living, T. F.
ALEXANDER being the oldest survivor and the third child.

He spent his boyhood at Valdosta, Georgia, was educated in the common schools there and at
the age of eighteen went on his own resources. For one year he taught school in Georgia,
and after a business course at Massey's Business College at Columbus, Georgia, he came to
Jacksonville, Florida. For one year he was in the employ of the East Coast Railroad, spent
two years with the G. S. Baxter & Company in the lumber business with the headquarters at
Jacksonville, and for four years was with the Consolidated Naval Stores Company. On
November 1, 1908, Mr. ALEXANDER moved to Tampa, and for about a year was with the Tampa
Havana Company, spent another year with the Dawling Export Company, and for one year with
the Aripeka Saw Mills. In 1911 he and R. G. HOLMES, bought out the Tampa Yard of the Aripeka
Saw Mills, and six months later he acquired the interest of his partner. The business is
now conducted as the Alexander Lumber Company of which he is president, and his partner is
his brother J. F. ALEXANDER.

December 17, 1907, Mr. ALEXANDER married Miss MAMIE LEY, of Jacksonville. She died February 2,
1919, and is survived by three children, THOMAS, FRANKLIN, and BARBARA. On September 30,
1920, Mr. ALEXANDER married Miss ANNIE HOLMES, of Tampa, and they have a son named HOLMES.
Mr. ALEXANDER is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Tampa Rotary
Club and served as presidentin 1920-21. He is a member of the Hyde Park Methodist Church, a member
of the Board of Stewards and vice-chairman of that board.

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