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Alexandria was named for the family fo John Alexander, a Virginia Planter who in 1669 acquired the tract on which the town begaon. By 1732, the site was known as Hunting Creek Warehouse and in 1749 became Alexandria, thereafter a major 18th century port.
Just to the north of the spot where Great Hunting Creek entered the Potomac River, a tobacco warehouse and some other small buildings had stood for some time on steep bluffs overlooking a small but deep bay. Philip and John Alexander farmed much of the surrounding land and Hugh West oversaw the warehouse along with a ferry and tavern. In 1748, these men joined with merchants John Carlyle, William Ramsay, John Pagan and others to petition the General Assembly for the creation of a new market town. By July of 1749, the community was laid out, named "Alexandria" in honor of the Alexander family. Retreived from Alexandria's History
Those who have called Alexandria home:
Presidents of the United States: George Washington and Gerald Ford
Supreme Court Justice: Hugo Black
Secretary of the Treasury: Henry Fowler
Virginia Governors: Light Horse Harry Lee, Francis Pierpoint, Colgate Darden and Charles Robb
U.S. Congressmen: C.C. Carlin, William E. Miller, Jerry Voorhis, Howard Worth Smith and Frank Korell
Diplomats: George Kennan and Hodding Carter
Novelists: James Strange French, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Richard Halliburton, Dumas Malone and Ilka Dickman
Military Leaders: Admiral William J., Crowe, General Robert E. Lee, General Andrew J. Goodpaster, General Carl A. Spatz and General Montgomery Corse
Industrialist: Andrew Carnegie
Labor Leader: John L. Lewis
Poets: Daniel Bryan and Jean Elliot
Retrieved fromThe City of Alexandria
- Pros:A wonderful city filled with our countries history!
- Cons:Traffic and parking not at its best:)
- In a nutshell:A city of old and new!
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