The court for Alexander County was ordered to be held at
James's Cross Roads until the county seat could be established. Commissioners
were named to select a site for the county seat as near the center as possible,
to acquire land, lay off the town of Taylorsville, and erect public buildings.1
Alexander County was named
in honor of William J. Alexander of Mecklenburg County, several times a
member of the Legislature and speaker of the House of Commons.1
Taylorsville is the namesake of either John Louis Taylor, Carolina agriculturist and political philosopher, or General Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States.