Place:Alexander, North Carolina, United States

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Alexander County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,198. Its county seat is Taylorsville.

Alexander County is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Alexander County was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1847. It was formed from portions of what was then Iredell, Caldwell, Wilkes counties. The county was named for William Julius Alexander who was a Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

Alexander County was established in 1847, the year of the first sale of land in the county seat (Taylorsville). With the proceeds from the sale, the first courthouse was built on the present site. When the Civil War began, Alexander County was 14 years old. The 1860 population was 5,837; yet Alexander County ranked high per capita in the number of Confederate soldiers serving in the war.The county is named in honor of the Alexander family who were leaders in Colonial North Carolina. Taylorsville is the namesake of either John Louis Taylor, Carolina agriculturist and political philosopher, or General Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1833 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1847 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1847 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1853 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1913 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 5,220
1860 6,022
1870 6,868
1880 8,355
1890 9,430
1900 10,960
1910 11,592
1920 12,212
1930 12,922
1940 13,454
1950 14,554
1960 15,625
1970 19,466
1980 24,999
1990 27,544

Research Tips

External links

www.co.alexander.nc.us

Alexander County, NC Genweb


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