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Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 9/25/2021 at 20:11:56

JOSEPH G. ANDERSON. A. M., a prominent and popular attorney of Keokuk, is a native of Ohio, born in Cincinnati, Aug. 30, 1 848. He is the son of Robert James and Mary Jane (Whitney) Anderson, and came with his parents to the Hawkeye State in 1857. They made their first location in Keokuk and here he received his early education. From 1860 to 1867 he lived on a farm in Clark County, Mo. Afterward he entered the State University of Missouri at Columbia, in 1867, taking a full classical course, and. graduating from there in 1873, having been admitted to the bar two years previously, in 1871. He commenced the practice of his profession at Keokuk, and has been associated in partnership with several of the leading attorneys of the city. He is at present a member of the law firm which does business under the title of Anderson, Davis & Hagarman. He has confined his attention principally to chancery cases, otherwise following a general practice, with the exception of criminal cases. He is a Republican in politics and has been prominent in the local councils of his party, having been a delegate several times to various important conventions. He has steadily declined to become the incumbent of any office, but has occupied the position of City Attorney for two years.

Mr. Anderson's education has been acquired mainly by his own efforts. He was remarkably studious and industrious, and taught school for some time in order to obtain funds to purchase books and to complete his full course of study. He has occupied a position as teacher in the State University of Missouri, and in the practice of his profession has met with fine success, the firm of which he is a member being the most popular and successful in the city. Mr. Anderson has invested largely of his means in real estate in Keokuk.

The marriage of Mr. Anderson and Miss Emily Tomlinson was celebrated Sept. 22, 1876 . Mrs. A. is the daughter of W. E. Tomlinson, of Burlington, and was born in Kentucky, Oct. 31, 1856. Of this union there have been born five children, as follows: Joseph R., Emily T., James T., Mary and William E.

Mr. Anderson has a genuine love for learning, and even amid the duties of his profession gives time to the study of logical and metaphysical subjects, and has been the author of some articles written for the "Journal of Speculative Philosophy." He was for many years connected with the Keokuk Law School as Professor of Code Pleadings, Law of Corporations, etc. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and has been connected with every important law case tried at Keokuk for the last ten years. His firm is counsel for all the important corporations in the city, and has built up an extensive and popular business.

Mr. Anderson occupies a fine residence in one of the pleasantest parts of the city, and his home, within and without, bears evidence of refinement and ample means. Socially Mr. and Mrs. A. occupy an enviable position, and represent the culture and breeding of the first-class residents of Keokuk.

Transcription typed/proofed as article was originally published in 1887


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