Sir Douglas Alexander was the 5th of 9 sons of Harriet & Andrew Alexander [1832-1914].
Harriet came from Suffolk.
Andrew came from Errol in Perthshire, and was a schoolmaster at Bramley Lane and Elland  / a teacher in Canada / a noted botanist & horticulturist / president of the Hamilton Horticultural Society.
Douglas was born in Hipperholme [July 1864].
His family lived at Binns Top, Southowram .
In 1872, the family emigrated to Ontario, Canada, and settled in Hamilton.
He was educated at Hamilton Collegiate Institute & McMaster University, Hamilton / a law student in Toronto / called to the bar .
He moved to New York City, where he became a secretary in the Singer Manufacturing Company, the sewing machine producer , working directly under the president, Frederick G. Bourne, who developed the Company's first electric sewing machine.
He went on to become
He never became a United States citizen.
During World War I, the Singer factory in Britain produced munitions and in 1921, in recognition of the co-operation between the Company and the British government, he was created a baronet by George V for services to the welfare of industrial workers.
In 1892, he married Helen Hamilton Gillespie [18??-1923] in Hamilton.
The family lived
He died May 1949 (aged 85).
He was buried in the family vault at Hamilton, Ontario
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