Alexander, James Waddell


b Hopewell, Virginia, USA 1804, d Sweetsprings, Va 1849. Princeton Theol Seminary (=Coll of New Jersey, 1820). A man from a Scottish family whose career alternated between pastoral and academic posts, he held Presbyterian pastorates in Charlotte Co, Virginia and Trenton, NJ, followed by 12 years as Prof of Belles Lettres at New Jersey Coll. He served a further pastorate at Duane Street Presbyterian Ch in New York before returning to Princeton as Prof of Ecclesiastical History. Then in 1851 he was appointed minister of Fifth Ave Presbyterian Ch, New York. He wrote for The Princeton Quarterly Review and published more than 30 books; these included translated work, some appearing posthumously in The Breaking Crucible of German Hymns and Other Translations; and Other Translations of German Hymns. He also translated from Gk and Lat. His reputation has been partly overshadowed by that of his father, the first President of Princeton, Archibald Alexander; but he too was known as fine preacher, teacher and writer. No.439*.