Born: October 24, 1867, near Maryville, Tennessee.
Died: October 13, 1920, Birmingham, England.
Buried: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. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1991.