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Henry A. Alexander, Sr. Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 024

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of court transcripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to the Leo Frank Case, general family correspondence, and Alexander genealogical material. The collection of letters from Alexander and Solomons family members are rich with day-to-day musings about events that were occurring in their lives. Researchers will find references to political campaigns, the Cotton States and International Exposition, synagogue business, celebrations, and war. Researchers studying the Leo Frank case and early Jewish settlement to Georgia and South Carolina will also find this collection of special interest. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Dates

  • 1912 - 1998

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Aaron Alexander was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10, 1874, the son of Julius Mortimer Alexander and Rebecca Ella Solomons Alexander. His grandfather Aaron Alexander was the first Jew of American birth to settle in Atlanta. Henry Alexander attended the University of Georgia and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1895. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly from 1909-1910. In 1914 he was asked to help in the appeals process for Leo M. Frank, a Jew convicted for the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan, a worker in the factory where Frank was superintendent. The evidence against Frank was circumstantial and the Governor ultimately commuted his death sentence. Angered by the commutation, a group of men broke into the prison where Frank was held, drove him to Marietta, and lynched him. The murder of Frank had a long lasting affect on Alexander who was not only his attorney, but had also become a trusted friend. Following the trial Henry served as a captain of the United States Army during World War I, and in 1921 he married Manya Zelmanova Klinitzkaya (later known as Marian Kline Alexander), the daughter of Solomon bar Leib Klinitsky, a recognized Talmudic scholar. The Alexanders had four children, Henry Jr. (1923-2005), Rebecca (1926-2004), Esther (1930-2005), and Judith (1931-2004). Throughout the years Henry remained active in both general and Jewish community activities and was a founder of the Atlanta Historical Society, a member of the Disabled Emergency Officers of World War I, president of the United Hebrew School, treasurer of the Jewish Welfare Fund and a member of the advisory board of the Union of Sephardic Congregations in New York. Henry Alexander died and was buried in Atlanta in 1967.

Extent

9 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Henry A. Alexander, Sr. was active in both the general and Jewish community. As a lawyer, he was asked to help in the appeals process for the Leo M. Frank trial. He was the founder of the Atlanta Historical Society and president of the United Hebrew School. The papers consist of court transcripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to the Leo Frank Case, general family correspondence, and Alexander genealogical material.

Arrangement

The papers arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Related Materials

Mss 002, The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau Records Mss 010, Nathan Saltzman Family Papers Mss 073, Milton Saul Family Papers Mss 160, Aaron Hardy Ulm Papers Mss 236, Henry Alexander Jr. Papers
Title
Henry A. Alexander, Sr. Family Papers, Mss 24
Status
Completed
Author
Sandra Berman (1997 & 2006)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

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