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Biography: William Strudwick Anderson born February 27, 1848 – photograph

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Marengo and Baldwin County, Alabama.

William Strudwick Anderson, lawyer and circuit judge, was born February 27, 1848, at Demopolis the son of Decatur C. and Rebecca (Strudwick) Anderson. His grandfather, Samuel Y. Anderson, though a Kentuckian by birth, moved, in early life, to Pulaski, Tennessee, where he spent the remainder of his days. He left a son who was destined to greatly honor the family name by reason of distinguished public service, and a brilliant career in the profession of law.

Decatur C. Anderson, born and reared at the old Tennessee homestead, removed, about 1840, to Demopolis, Ala., and eleven years later took up his abode in Mobile. In that city, he rose to distinction both as a lawyer and statesman, being long ranked as one of the leaders of the bar, as well as a broad-minded and progressive legislator. He served his county in the legislature several terms and was honored by election as speaker of the house. During the Civil War, he was appointed one of the receivers of public property, and few men were more honored in the party councils and civil administration of the State. He continued in active practice in Mobile almost to the hour of his death, which occurred in 1890. In early manhood, he married Rebecca Strudwick, daughter of Samuel Strudwick, who served as a soldier during the War of 1812 and was a citizen without reproach in all the relations of life.

William Strudwick Anderson was one of the children of this union had excellent educational advantages during his earlier years, four of which were spent under Prof. Henry Tutwiler at Green Springs school.

About the close of the war, he entered the Virginia military institute at Lexington for one term; returned to Mobile to study law in his father’s office; in 1872 graduated in law at Cumberland university, Lebanon, Tennessee and in the same year was admitted to the bar. He immediately located in Mobile in practice with his father, and continued until 1895 when appointed circuit court judge to fill an unexpired term of Judge James T. Jones. He was elected Judge in 1898 and served six years.

He was an elder in the Jackson Street Presbyterian church; a Knight of Pythias; an honorary member of the “Mobile Cadets” in which organization he was formerly first lieutenant.

On February 7, 1882, to Warrene Anderson, (b. Sep 12, 1862 Jackson, Miss. – d. Jan 7, 1932, Mobile, Alabama) daughter of Warren P. and Martha Anderson, whose ancestors were of Virginia and Kentucky ancestry. Warren P. Anderson served in the Seminole War, was president of one of the earlier railroads, and gave promise of a life of usefulness, when his career was ended by death while he was still a young man.

He passed away December 11, 1927, at Bay Minette, Baldwin County, Alabama at the age of 79. Warrene died Jan 7, 1932, in Mobile, Alabama.


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