JAMES ATWELL ALEXANDER
James Atwell Alexander was born in Alexander County, January 23, 1911. He earned A.B. and M.S. degrees at Davidson College in 1929 and 1931 and did post-graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1934, he returned to the family farm, established a laying flock, and rapidly moved to leadership as a Record of Performance breeder. His moderately inbred Red Leghom breed cross was among the first and most highly productive in the industry as long as a market for cream-colored eggs remained.
Mr. Alexander has given liberally of his time, energy, and resources to the agricultural, business, and human needs of his county, state, and area. His leadership was particularly valuable as North Carolina moved from am importer to an exporter of table eggs. Atwell was instrumental in organizing the North Carolina Poultry Council and the North Carolina Egg Marketing Association, and has served as president of each. His wisdom and energy have been tapped through many advisory and executive positions including the advisory committees of the North Carolina Random Sample Test and North Carolina State University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, executive committees of the North Carolina Agribusiness Council, North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Governor’s Council for Economic Development and a large commercial bank, and chairmanships of North Carolina Farm-City Week, North Carolina Agricultural Foundation directors, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture. Atwell gave eighteen years of distinguished service as a member of the North Carolina Board of Agriculture.
The officers and directors of the North Carolina Poultry Federation are pleased to honor him by his induction into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.