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Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library
Revised by: Jennifer Duplaga, January 2005
Albert Barnes Anderson was born in Zionsville on February 10, 1857, the son of Philander and Emma A. Anderson. He attended Wabash College, graduating in 1879 with an A.B. Anderson passed the bar in 1881 and received his LL.D. in 1907. He practiced law in Crawfordsville, IN, where he married Rose Campbell on November 14, 1882. In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt appointed Anderson as a federal district judge in the Southern Indiana District, a position he would hold for 23 years. In 1925, he was appointed to the Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago by Calvin Coolidge. He remained there for four years until his retirement in 1929. During his career, Anderson passed judgment on some well-publicized trials, including the indictment of Warren T. McCray, a trial of 40 union workers who tried to destroy the L.A. Times Building in 1912, and the 1919 coal workers strike. Anderson died April 27, 1938 and was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville.
Sources: “Tribute to Work Honors Anderson.” Indianapolis Star 1 May 1938. “Jurist Here in Hospital for 17 Days.” Indianapolis Star 27 April 1938.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection contains materials regarding a trial in the courtroom of Judge Albert Anderson. Items include a letter from George Wichersham to Anderson; an enclosed letter from William Putnam to George Wichersham; a letter to Judge Anderson from Will Rogers, congratulating him on his work during the case; and a newspaper article about the trial. This collection also includes a letter written by Anderson to Herbert Hoover in which he tenders his resignation.
3 Jan. 1913 TLS to Albert Anderson from George Wichersham
1 Jan. 1913 TLS (copy) to George Wichersham from William Putnam
5 Dec. 1924 ALS to Judge Anderson from Will Rogers
[5 Dec] 1924 Newspaper article “Enticing Men to See Dope Scored by Court”
20 June 1929 TL (copy) to Herbert Hoover from Judge Albert Anderson
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1913-1929
Provenance: Joe J. Daniels, Indianapolis, IN Oct. 1952
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate formats: None
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