Alden Anderson

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Alden Anderson
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23rd Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 6, 1903 – January 8, 1907
GovernorGeorge C. Pardee
Preceded byJacob H. Neff
Succeeded byWarren R. Porter
32nd Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
January 1899 – February 1900
Preceded byHoward E. Wright
Succeeded byCornelius W. Pendleton
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
In office
January 4, 1897 - January 5, 1903
Preceded byJ. M. Bassford
Succeeded byWilliam Walter Greer
Personal details
BornOctober 11, 1867
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 23, 1944(1944-09-23) (aged 76)
Sacramento, California
Political partyRepublican

Alden Anderson (October 11, 1867 – September 23, 1944) was a Republican politician from California.

He served as the Lieutenant Governor of California from 1903 to 1907.[1] Prior to that he had been a member of the California State Assembly representing Solano County, and served as its Speaker from January 1899 to February 1900.[2][3]

Although Anderson's father had first migrated to California from Pennsylvania shortly after the California Gold Rush in 1852, Anderson was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania in 1867. His family returned to California several months later and settled in San Jose.[4]

Anderson attended the University of the Pacific and afterward worked in his father's fruit packing business, before starting his own fruit business in Suisun City in Solano County.[4] He went on to represent Solano County in the 1897 and 1901 sessions of the Legislature.[2] Anderson moved to Sacramento in 1902, where he was a founder and president of the Capital National Bank.[4][5]

Elected lieutenant governor in 1902, Anderson served for a single term under Governor George Pardee.[4] He later served as state superintendent of banks from 1909 to 1910.[5] Anderson ran for governor as a Republican in 1910 but was defeated in the primary by Hiram Johnson.[6]

Anderson was the uncle of California Congressman Jack Z. Anderson.[7]

Anderson died in 1944 at the age of 76. His remains are interred at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento.[8][7]


  1. ^ Constitution of the United States and of the State of California and Other Documents. Sacramento: California Legislature, Assembly. 1951. p. 106.
  2. ^ a b "California Legislature: Past and Present". 2006-09-23. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  3. ^ "Assembly Final History, 1899". Final Calendar of Legislative Business and History of Bills Introduced (PDF). Sacramento: A.J. Johnston, Superintendent State Printing. 1899. p. 182.
  4. ^ a b c d Reed, G. Walter (1923). History of Sacramento County, California. Los Angeles: Historic Record Company. p. 300. ISBN 978-5-88230-133-9.
  5. ^ a b Cox, Don; Boghosian, Paula (2006). Sacramento's Boulevard Park. Arcadia Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-7385-2955-4.
  6. ^ Statement of Vote of California: Direct Primary Election, August 16, 1910. Sacramento: State Printing Office.
  7. ^ a b "Former Lieut. Gov. Alden Anderson Dies". Santa Cruz Sentinel. 2 October 1944. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  8. ^ "Alden Anderson among notable people memorialized at East Lawn's grand mausoleum" (PDF). East Sacramento News. 7 March 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by California State Assemblyman, 19th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by