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Franklin Cecil Alexander

County Treasurer 1953-1972

Franklin Cecil “Alex” Alexander was born in San Jose, California, August 18, 1901, to parents Charles William Alexander and Calla Louise Zimmerman. He moved to Tempe with his family in 1909. Alex attended St. Edward College in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Arizona Normal, now Arizona State University, in 1923.

F.C. began his teaching career in the Willcox / Dos Cabezas area in the early 1920’s, as physical director, commercial and manual training teacher. From 1929-1943, Mr. Alexander was an assistant principal, teacher and coach at Bisbee High School. He ended his teaching career in 1943 and briefly operated his own service station in Fry. In 1944, F.C. moved to just outside of Grants Pass, Oregon, where he purchased and operated a combination country store and service station. After a little more than a year of limited sunshine, he returned to Arizona, living in Tucson for three years and then moving to Douglas in 1948. He was employed as maintenance and construction worker at the Bisbee-Douglas International Airport.

Mr. Alexander also served as Chief Deputy to Treasurer Lippert. He won his first election in 1952 and served as Cochise County Treasurer from 1953 – 1972. During Alex’s tenure, term limits were lifted in 1953 and the term of office changed in 1964 from two to four years.

In Douglas May 23, 1924, F.C. married Helen Bijou Clemons, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bye de Rafael Clemons of Central. Alex and Bijou had two daughters - Cecil Irene Alexander Berrer and Paquita Carolyn “Skeets” Alexander Gilliland and four sons - Phillip Charles Alexander, Franklin William Alexander, Thomas Wayne Alexander and Jon Kent Alexander.

Treasurer Alexander died March 6, 1983, and is buried in Douglas along side his wife of 53 years.

Photo courtesy Bisbee High School

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