Origin of Name of Alexis, Illinois, USA
Alexis was first named Alexander by Col. Robert Holloway and J. E. Alexander
who platted the town in 1870. In light of another Illinois town being named
Alexander, the founders wanted a new unique name. About this time, Grand Duke
Alexis, heir to the Russian throne was visiting the country hunting buffalo.
As an eligible bachelor, the Grand Duke caused a sensation with the ladies.
Col. Holloway, with the Grand Duke's consent, changed the post office name to Alexis.
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