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James House Anderson, U. S. Consul to Hamburg

Male 1833 - 1912  (79 years)


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  • Name James House Anderson, U. S. Consul to Hamburg 
    Suffix U. S. Consul to Hamburg 
    Born 16 Mar 1833  Marion, Marion, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Marion, Marion, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1870  Upper Sandusky, Wyandot, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4

    • James H. Anderson, 37, banker, real estate $39,944, property $45,000, born in Ohio. Princess Anderson, 33, keeping house, born in Ohio. Mary P. Anderson, 12, born in Ohio. James T. Anderson, 8, born in Hamburg, Germany. Charles F. Anderson, 6, born in Hamburg, Germany. Amelle Anderson, 4, born in Hamburg, Germany. Mary E. Snider, 20, house keeper, born in Ohio.
    Census 1880  Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [5

    • J. H. Anderson, 46, banker, born in Ohio. P. A. Anderson, 42, keeping house, born in Ohio. Mary P. Anderson, 21, born in Ohio. J. T. Anderson, 18, born in Germany. C. F. Anderson, 16, born in Germany. Alice Anderson, 9, born in Ohio. Lizzie Getrue, 20, servant, born in Ohio.
    _UID 92A6AE28C8664CDFA9FEB157FBB4068B56A9 
    Died 27 Jun 1912  Columbus, Bartholomew, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Y  [7
    Notes 
    • Note: James House Anderson was the only child of Judge Thomas J. Anderson to leave descendants. None of the other 7 had any children.

      James was educated at Ohio Weslyan University, graduated at Cincinnati Law School, was consul at Hamburg, Germany 1861 - 1866, and was a banker 1869 - 1885.

      JAMES HOUSE ANDERSON.

      Judge James House Anderson died in the City of Columbus, June 27, 1912. He had been an invalid for some years, being confined to his residence, but his mind remained alert to the end. He was a man of great vigor of character and strength of intellect, and his life was one of unusual activity and accomplishment.

      We glean the main facts of his career from a volume entitled, "The Life and Letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and Wife," edited and annotated by James H. Anderson.

      James House Anderson, son of Judge Thomas Jefferson and Nancy Dunlevy Anderson, was born in Marion, March 16, 1833. He was educated in the district and select schools of the town, in the Marion Academy, and at the Ohio Wesleyan University. He studied law under Ozias Bowen, (subsequently Supreme Judge), and Bradford R. Durfee, graduated from the law department of the Cincinnati College in the spring of 1854, receiving the degree of LL. B., and immediately began the practice of his profession in his native place. He was a delegate to the first Republican State Convention in Ohio, held July 13, 1855, in Columbus. In April, 1855, he was elected mayor of Marion, and in the October following, prosecuting attorney of the county. In the trial of causes he was indefatigable, at times eloquent, and usually successful. On November 27, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Princess A. Miller, the youngest daughter of David Miller, a pioneer of prominence in Marion and Wyandot counties, whose nephew Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, U. S. N., (born in Springfield, Ohio), represented the U. S. Navy, by appointment of the President at the Queen's Jubilee in London in 1897. In 1859, Mr. Anderson was a candidate for the State Senate, in the district composed of Marion, Logan, Union and Hardin counties, and came within one vote of receiving the nomination. In March, 1861, he was appointed by President Lincoln, United States Consul at Hamburg, one of the most important commercial cities in Europe, and with his family at once embarked for the scene of his duties. During the Civil War, Hamburg became a rendezvous for privateers, and blockade-runners, where they received their outfit and supplies, and the necessary espionage of these vessels, their lawless owners and officers, demanded sleepless vigilance. Consul Anderson performed his arduous duties most efficiently, as is evidenced by the number of commendatory letters received by him from the governmental officials of the United States during that time of crisis.

      While in Hamburg, Mr. Anderson was notified that he had been elected a member of the American Geographical and Statistical Society, and subsequently he was elected a corresponding member of the American Institute, which latter institution he represented as a delegate, in May 1863, at the Great International Agricultural Exhibition at Hamburg. In August, 1866, becoming weary of official life abroad and longing for his native land, resigned his consulship and returned home. Devoted as Mr. Anderson had been to President Lincoln throughout the war period, and despite his strong attachment to the Republican party, he could not conscientiously withhold his approval of the Southern policy of President Johnson, and in 1866 he was sent as a delegate from the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio, to the National Union Convention at Philadelphia. In 1866, President Johnson tendered him an appointment as Chief Justice of Montana Territory, which he declined, not wishing to leave home again, but accepted the office of Collector of Internal Revenue, of the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio.

      In 1874, he moved from his home at Upper Sandusky, having moved there from Marion, to Columbus, the place of his residence until his death. In 1878 he was appointed by Governor Bishop Trustee of the Ohio State University and for seven years was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Anderson took a deep interest and an active part in the proceedings of the patriotic and other organizations of which he was a member. At the National Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution, held in May, 1899, in Detroit, he was elected Vice President General of the National Society. He was a delegate from the Ohio Society to the National Congress, S. A. R., at Morristown, N. J., in May, 1898; at Detroit, in May, 1899; at New York City, in May, 1900, and at Pittsburg, in May, 1901.

      He was one of the earliest life members of The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society and almost from the time of its organization (1885) to the time of his decease, took a most active and interested part in its proceedings. He frequently participated at public functions under the auspices of this Society, spoke at many of its important meetings and was the author of several of the most valuable and instructive contributions to the publications of the Society. Mr. Anderson was a most painstaking and diligent student of history, and his articles possessed the rare value of great accuracy and detail. He was, moreover, a man of fine culture and most scholarly accomplishments, giving his productions finished literary form and phraseology.

      In May, 1899, he was elected a Trustee of this Society, which position he continued to hold for three terms ending in 1908. Judge Anderson was also a member of order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and president during the year 1902 of the Old Northwest Genealogical Society.

      Judge Anderson is survived by his wife, Princess A. Anderson, two sons, Lieutenant James T. Anderson, U. S. A., Charles F. Anderson, Paducah, Ky., and a daughter, Mary Princess Anderson-now Mrs. Edward Orton, Jr. [1, 8]
    Person ID I24784988  7_families
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2005 

    Father Judge Thomas Jefferson Anderson,   b. 2 Apr 1801, , Hampshire, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1871, Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Nancy Wilson Dunlevy,   b. 12 Jan 1805, , Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1870, , , Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 7 Aug 1825  Marion, Hancock, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F7986282  Group Sheet

    Family Princess Amanda Miller,   b. 4 Aug 1837, , Marion, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Nov 1856  Upper Sandusky, Wyandot, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Mary Princess Anderson,   b. 26 Aug 1857, of, Pitt Township, Wyandot, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Lieutenant James Thomas Anderson,   b. 26 Mar 1862, Hamburg, Mecklinburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Charles Finley Anderson,   b. 23 Mar 1864, Hamburg, Mecklinburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1910  (Age 45 years)
     4. Amelie Ellen Anderson,   b. 15 Oct 1865, Hamburg, Mecklinburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1873  (Age 7 years)
     5. Alice Florence Anderson,   b. 4 Jun 1871, Upper Sandusky, Wyandot, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1895, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2004 
    Family ID F7986284  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S529887] Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va., Olive I. McFarland, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 940943, item 14., 6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S531281] Life and Letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson, James H. (James House) Anderson, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), Film #940397 Item 4., 116 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S529965] Ohio, Marion, Marion - 1850 - Federal Census, Ohio, Marion, Marion, (www.ancestry.com), James H. Anderson, 17, laborer, born in Ohio (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S530822] Ohio, Wyandot, Upper Sandusky - 1870 - Federal Census, Ohio, Wyandot, Upper Sandusky, (www.ancestry.com).

    5. [S530823] Ohio, Franklin, Columbus - 1880 - Federal Census, Ohio, Franklin, Columbus, (www.familysearch.org).

    6. [S529894] Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society (Columbus, Ohio), (Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1887 - 1934, Online ), 27:490 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S529894] Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society (Columbus, Ohio), (Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1887 - 1934, Online ), 21:489 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S529894] Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society (Columbus, Ohio), (Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1887 - 1934, Online ), 21:489-91 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S529887] Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va., Olive I. McFarland, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 940943, item 14., 2 (Reliability: 3).