Nebraska Hall of Fame: Hartley Burr Alexander


Philosopher, Anthropologist, Educator & Poet 

Hartley B. Alexander (1873 - 1939) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

He was a philosophy professor at the University of Nebraska from 1908 - 1927 and President of the American Philosophical Association in 1919. 

Alexander was best known as the author of the symbolism and inscriptions on the Nebraska State Capitol as well as other buildings across the United States. 

He was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1989-90. 


Other Resources:

Hartley Burr Alexander - manuscript finding aid 

Hartley B. Alexander - column biography 

"The Man Behind the State Capitol"

"Nebraska's Seventy-Fifth, 1854 - 1929"

     (A short column about Nebraska's celebration of 75 years as a state which included a notable pageant written by Alexander.) 

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