William Kelley Alexander

14 September 1890–8 March 1954 (Age 63)
Spring Hill, Maury, Tennessee, United States

The Life of William Kelley

When William Kelley Alexander was born on 14 September 1890, in Spring Hill, Maury, Tennessee, United States, his father, Joseph Washington Alexander, was 46 and his mother, Martha Delia Crump, was 44. He married Carolyn E. Pruitt on 8 October 1925, in Thomaston, Upson, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States for about 10 years and District 722, Fulton, Georgia, United States in 1940. He died on 8 March 1954, in Fulton, Georgia, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Thomaston, Upson, Georgia, United States.

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William Kelley Alexander
Carolyn E. Pruitt
Marriage: 8 October 1925
Emily Alexander

Spouse and Children

8 October 1925
Thomaston, Upson, Georgia, United States


    Emily Alexander


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World Events (8)

1893 · The Last Public Hanging in Georgia

Age 3

The last public hanging in Georgia was on September 28, 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 17

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Kelly Alexander, "United States Census, 1940"
  • W Kelly Alexander in household of John N Brooks, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William K Alexander, "United States Census, 1930"

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