October 24, 1867, near Maryville, Tennessee.

October 13, 1920, Birmingham, England.

Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium, Birmingham, England.


Alexander’s early Chris­tian influence came from his mother, who was in the habit of reading Dwight L. Moo­dy sermons to the family every night around the fireplace. At an 1880 revival, Al­ex­and­er accepted Christ. He attended Moo­dy Bible Institute 1892–94, then toured with the M. B. Will­iams revival campaign. In 1902, he joined Reu­ben Tor­rey’s Aus­tral­ian tour.

In 1904, Al­ex­ander married Hel­en Cad­bu­ry, daughter of the Cad­bu­ry Chocolate Company president. She toured with him on the evangelistic circuit as a women’s worker. Together they spread The Pocket Tes­ta­ment League around the world.

In 1907 he and Wil­bur Chap­man conducted the Chap­man-Al­ex­an­der Simultaneous Campaign. In 1909, the two men launched a worldwide campaign, departing Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Co­lum­bia, on March 26, 1909, and returning November 26. Stops along the way included Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Ips­wich, Bris­bane, Ad­e­laide, Ball­a­rat, Ben­di­go, and Towns­ville, Aus­tral­ia; Ma­ni­la, Phil­ip­pines; Hong Kong, Can­ton (now Guang­zhou), Shang­hai, Han­kou (now Wu­han), Bei­jing and Tient­sin (now Tian­jin), China; Seoul, Ko­rea; and Kobe, Ky­o­to, Yo­ko­ha­ma and To­kyo, Ja­pan.

In 1918, Chap­man retired to Eng­land, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1991, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Chapman’s works include: