ANDERSON, EDWARD AMERICUS
ANDERSON, EDWARD AMERICUS (1820–1896). Edward Americus Anderson, artisan, mechanic, businessman, county official, and state representative, was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, on February 1, 1820, the son of James M. and Elizabeth Hudson (Nimmo) Anderson. Anderson was raised in Tennessee, and he married Mary Jane Whitten in Fayette County on November 12, 1846. It is unknown whether this couple had children. Anderson immigrated to Texas in the 1850s, settling in Montgomery County at Danville. Here he established himself as a businessman engaged in woodworking and the manufacture of a specialized type of spinning jenny. By contemporary accounts he was also an accomplished musician and poet. His first wife died sometime after November 1861, and Anderson remarried to Lucy Ann Hulon on July 24, 1863. This couple had four sons and three daughters.
During the Civil War Anderson served briefly in the Danville Mounted Riflemen under S. D. Woolridge before being granted an exemption from military service to continue his work as manufacturer of spinning machines. He also worked as an agent charged with distributing aid to indigent families of soldiers serving outside of Texas. Anderson moved to the new railroad community of Willis in the early 1870s, and by 1873 he was a Master Mason in the Willis Lodge. He and his wife were longtime members of the First Methodist Church of Willis, and the pews and chancel that he built for the church were still in use in 1970. Anderson entered public service in 1873 as representative for District Fourteen—comprising Harris and Montgomery counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. He also served as a justice of the peace from 1890 until his death. Anderson died in Willis on December 11, 1896; he and his wife Lucy are buried in Willis Cemetery.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Aragorn Storm Miller, "ANDERSON, EDWARD AMERICUS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fan65), accessed September 15, 2014. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.