1940 – Andrew Lamar Alexander was born in Maryville, Tennessee on the 3rd of July.
1962 – He received a B.A. Degree from Vanderbilt University.
1965 – He received a J.D. from New York University School.
1969 – He married Leslee K. "Honey" Buhler.
1970 – Alexander moved back to Tennessee and become a campaign manager for Memphis dentist Winfield Dunn’s successful gubernatorial bid.
1974 – He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Tennessee.
1978 – He ran for the election and made a name for himself by walking across the state wearing a black plaid shirt.
1979-1987 – He was been the 45th Governor of Tennesse.
1982 – He made a history by becoming the first person re-elected to a second 4-year term defeating Knoxville mayor Randy Tyree.
1987 – He was constitutionally ineligible for a 3rd term and stepped down from the governorship on January.
1988-1991 – He became the president of the University of Tennessee.
1991-1993 – He became the U.S. Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush.
1996 – Alexander failed in running for President of the United States election and took an advisory role in the Dole/Kemp campaign.
1999 – His second candidacy was announced on the 9th of March and withdrawn on the 16th of August in Nashville.
2002 – He was persuaded to run for the open seat by the White House.