1852 – Joshua Willis Alexander was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 2nd of January.
1863 – Alexander settled in Missouri.
1872 – Graduated from Christian University in Caton, Missouri.
1877-1881 – He became a Public Administrator of Daviess County, Missouri.
1882-1901 – He became a secretary and then president of the Board of Education of Gallatin, Missouri.
1883-1887 – He became a member of the Missouri State House of Representatives.
1891-1892 – He became a mayor of Gallatin, Missouri.
1901-1907 – He became a judge of the seventh Judicial Circuit of Missouri.
1907-1919 – He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the six succedding Congresses from March 4, 1907 to December 15, 1919.
1919-1921 – He became a United States Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet of President Wilson from December 16, 1919 to March 4, 1921.
1922 – He was delegated at large to the Missouri State Constitutional Convention.
1936 – He died in Gallatin, Missouri on the 27th of February.