Daniel William Alexander

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Political activist and Clergyman

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Port Elizabeth,South Africa
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Daniel William Alexander was born on 23 December 1883 in Port Elizabeth, the son of a West Indian father and an African mother. Ordained as an Anglican minister, he later became leader of the separatist African Orthodox Church(AOC) that was founded in 1921,in the United States by George Mcguire and which had its headquarters in America. he later resigned as Anglican Priest and moved to Johannesburg,where he worked for an insurance company.Alexander joined was an officer of the Pretoria branch of the African People's Organization (APO) was a secretary of its committee and a member of the Joint Council movement.

He was a participant at Non-European Conference and the 1939 European-Bantu Conference.He was also involve in the Independent Order of True Templars and a multiracial temperance association.Alexander established an initial church in October 1924 with 400 members in the Beaconsfield section of Kimberley.He was made a archbishop and Primate of the African Province by McGuire and was also granted an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.At the time of Alexander's death the African Orthodox Church(AOC) had 20 congregations and 50 ordained clergy.

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Last updated : 30-Aug-2018

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