Morris Alexander, Prominent Jewish Legislator, Dies in South Africa
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Morris Alexander, Prominent Jewish Legislator, Dies in South Africa

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Morris Alexander, the only member of the South African House of Assembly to have served in that body and the old Caps Parliament, which was incorporated into the Union Parliament in 1910, has died here.

Alexander, who was born in Znin, Poland, in 1877, served as a member of the City Council of Capetown for eight years, and was instrumental in having Yiddish legalized as a European language in South Africa. For many years he was president of the New Hebrew Congregation here, as well as president of the Board of Deputies of the Cape Colony. An active Zionist, Alexander also furthered the charitable work of South African Jewry as chairman of the Cape branch of the South Africa Relief Fund. He was a son-in-law of the late Solomon Schechter, president of the Jewish Theological ###minary of America.

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