Joseph A Alexander - Bitesize BiographiesBy: Allan Harman
A concise record of the life of Joseph Addison Alexander of Princeton, who was born in 1809, just three years before his father, Archibald Alexander, was appointed the first Professor of the newly-founded Princeton Theological Seminary. With an extraordinary mind, Joseph Alexander became Adjunct Professor of Ancient Languages and Literature in the College of New Jersey in 1830 (now Princeton University). Joseph Addison Alexander spent most of his life in Princeton, graduating from the College aged seventeen after amazing his fellow students with his abilities. He was intensely studious, full of personal piety, gifted with an amazing memory and was a formidable linguist. Mentored by Charles Hodge, Alexander started teaching at Princeton, remaining there as a Professor until his early death aged 51 in 1860. âHis teaching was to become an important counterfoil to the critical views that were starting to influence many in America.â Alexander is remembered today for his scholarly commentaries on Isaiah, the Psalms, Acts and Mark.