Gregg, Alexander White (1854–1919)

By: Anne W. Hooker

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

Alexander White Gregg, congressman, was born in Centerville, Leon County, Texas, on January 30, 1854 (one reference gives January 31, 1855), the son of James W. and Susan C. Gregg. His father was killed in the Civil War. Gregg attended the common schools of Texas for a time and, after his mother remarried, went to live with an aunt in Mississippi. He graduated from Kings College, Bristol, Tennessee, in 1874. Gregg tutored for a time at Kings before he studied law at the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and began to practice at Palestine, Texas. He served in the Texas Senate from 1886 to 1888. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth United States Congress and served eight terms, March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1919. While in the Congress he helped pass a bill to build a seawall at Galveston for protection against hurricanes. Gregg was married twice. His first wife, Mary (Bridges), died in 1885, leaving him with one child; he had three additional children with his second wife, Mary (Brooks). He died in Palestine, Texas, on April 30, 1919, and was buried in East Hill Cemetery.

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January 1, 1995