Alexander, William DeWitt
- Paul David Nelson
Alexander, William DeWitt (02 April 1833–22 February 1913), historian, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii (then the Sandwich Islands), the son of William Patterson Alexander and Mary Ann McKinley, Christian missionaries. His parents had joined the famous missionary Hiram Bingham the year before Alexander’s birth in an attempt to convert the islanders to Christianity. Alexander received his earliest education at Punahou School in Honolulu and then was sent by his parents to his mother’s birthplace, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to study for admission to college. In 1855 he graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and took a teaching position at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter he moved to another teaching job in Vincennes, Indiana. Returning to the Hawaiian Islands in 1858, he married Abigail Charlotte Baldwin. In 1860 he became a professor of Greek at Punahou School. For the remainder of his life he pursued academic and religious interests....