In 1908, Idaho Democrats nominated Alexander as candidate for governor of Idaho. Brady, 47,864 to 40,145 (a Socialist Party candidate received 6,105 votes), but carried several Idaho counties, including Ada, Blaine, Boise, Custer, Elmore, Latah and Owyhee Counties.
Republicans, too, were divided between the “progressives,” led by Senator William Borah, and the more conservative “regular” Republicans. Haines, a successful Boise realtor and, like Alexander, a former mayor of Boise, was aligned with the regulars.
Exactly 100 years ago, Idaho saw another exciting election year, marked by a statehouse financial scandal, divided political parties, the beginning of a major farm revolt and the election of Idaho’s first and, to date, only Jewish governor, Moses Alexander.
Alexander was born in 1853 in Bavaria and emigrated to New York City in 1867, at the age of 13.
In 1891, he moved to Boise, where he bought a former saloon at the corner of 9th and Main, converted it into a men’s clothing store and later constructed a new building on the same corner (it’s still there – the Alexander Building, currently serving as a Zions Bank location).
and State Streets in 1896 (later moved to its present location beside the Morris Hill Cemetery).
“Ever since he went into congestive heart failure he’s done some really kooky stuff,” Baron Brooks said.It has been a hundred years since Moses Alexander of Boise vaulted to the Idaho Statehouse.A German-speaking native of Bavaria, he was the first elected (practicing) Jewish governor in the United Sates.His governorship, wet and dry, brought Snake River water projects and statewide Prohibition.Alexanders White Store at 890 Main Street, the anchor to his chain of men’s stores, still stands as gleaming relic of the retail commerce lost to Boise’s downtown. 2014 promises to be an exciting year in Idaho politics, with hot legislative debates on gun rights and gay rights and a crowded and factionalized Republican Party primary.
The Idaho Democrats were a fiercely divided party at the time. Dubois, an urban progressive group centered in Southwest Idaho and led by John F. For background on the divisions within the Idaho Democratic Party, see Merle W. Dubois and the Idaho Progressives, 1900-1914,” Idaho Yesterdays 4 (1960), 24-31.