Reputed to be the first African American in the United States to graduate from college, Alexander Twilight was born on a farm in Corinth, Vermont to a white or fair-skinned mother, Mary Twilight, and a mixed-race father, Ichabod Twilight, who had served as a private in the American Revolution.
The young Alexander was forced to work as an indentured servant on a farm neighboring his parents’ farm from the ages of eight to 21.
Nonetheless, he managed to graduate from Middlebury College in 1823, after which he taught school in Peru, New York, where he studied for the Congregational ministry and, in 1826, married Mercy Ladd Merrill.
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Alpert also has created abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture over two decades, which are publicly displayed on occasion. Acquiring an early wire recorder in high school, he experimented on this crude equipment.
Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation. 1 albums and 28 albums total on the Billboard Album chart, nine Grammy Awards, fourteen platinum albums, and fifteen gold albums. After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952, he joined the United States Army and frequently performed at military ceremonies.