William Coleman Anderson

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William Coleman Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byRoderick R. Butler
Succeeded byWalter P. Brownlow
Personal details
BornJuly 10, 1853 (1853-07-10)
Tusculum, near Greeneville, Tennessee
DiedSeptember 8, 1902 (1902-09-09) (aged 49)
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Blanche Anderson
ChildrenHerbert G. Anderson William Coleman Anderson
Alma materTusculum College


newspaper editor

William Coleman Anderson (July 10, 1853 – September 8, 1902) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Tennessee's first district.


Anderson was born at Tusculum, near Greeneville, Tennessee. He attended a rural school, then graduated from Tusculum College in 1876.


Anderson moved to Newport, Tennessee, in 1876, and while studying law, he was assistant clerk of Cocke County from 1877 to 1878. Admitted to the bar in 1878, he commenced practice in Newport. He served as a member of the State house of representatives from 1881 to 1883. He was a principal examiner in the General Land Office at Washington, D.C., from 1889 to 1892; promoted to chief of the contest division February 1, 1892, but resigned August 7, 1892. He was made chief of the General Land Office, and served from November 23, 1892, until April 11, 1893. returned to Newport, Cocke County, in 1893 and resumed the practice of law.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee in 1894, Anderson served from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1897.[2]

Anderson was founder and editor of Plain Talk, a weekly newspaper published in Newport. He was also member of the city council at the time of his death.


Anderson died on September 8, 1902 (age 49 years, 60 days) from typhoid fever, in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. He is interred at Union Cemetery, Newport, Tennessee.[3]


  1. ^ "William Coleman Anderson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ "William Coleman Anderson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "William Coleman Anderson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 April 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alfred A. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter P. Brownlow