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History of Clinton County, Iowa
ed. by P. B. Wolfe. 2 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1911.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

James W. Anderson

Among Clinton county's well known residents is James W. Anderson, of  Brookfield township, who was born on the farm which he now owns and  lives, April 14, 1862.  His ancestors on both sides of the family were  Virginians and among the highly esteemed people of that historic  commonwealth.  James and Mary (Blaine) Anderson, the paternal  grandparents of the subject, lived and died in Virginia, but their son,  George H., the father of James W., came west when a young man and  located in Clinton county, Iowa, where he subsequently married Mary E.  Dunlap, whose parents, John Wallace and Agnes (Philips) Dunlap, moved to  this state some time in the fifties, and settled in the county of  Clinton, where they spent the remainder of their days.  George H.  Anderson was by occupation a farmer.  He also became quite a large land  owner and for a number of years was actively identified with the  material progress of Brookfield township, also with the public interests  of the same, having been elected from time to time to various local  offices, in all of which he demonstrated ability of a high order and a  conscientious regard for the public welfare.  After a useful life,  largely devoted to the good of his fellow men, he was called to his  eternal reward on the 3rd day of July, 1900, his wife departing this  life on January 27, 1894.  They were the parents of four children, three  of whom are living and highly esteemed in the several places where they  reside.  

The early education of James W. Anderson was obtained in the common  schools of his native township, which he attended during the winter  months from his tenth year until a youth in his teens.  Reared a farmer,  he took kindly to the cultivation of the soil, and from young manhood  until his marriage he managed the homestead of his father.  On March 22,  1899, he chose a wife and helpmate, in the person of Johanna Jepson, of  Clinton county, and immediately thereafter rented the home place, which  he continued to cultivate until his father's death, when he bought three  hundred acres of the farm, on which he has since lived and prospered.   In the year 1906 he erected the imposing modern dwelling which the  family now occupy, and by a number of other improvements in keeping  therewith has made one of the most beautiful and attractive homes in the  township, and among the best in the county, everything on the premises  bearing witness to the good taste and progressive spirit of the  proprietor.  In connection with agricultural pursuits, Mr. Anderson is  engaged quite extensively in the stock business, from which source the  greater part of his income derived.  He breeds Percheron horses for the  local and general market, and in the raising of fine Hereford cattle and  Poland China hogs he has few equals and no superiors in Clinton county.   Financially he has been successful beyond the average in his vocation  and is now the possessor of an ample competence for himself and family.   Socially he is kind, affable and obliging, and as a result he enjoys the  confidence and esteem of a large circle of personal friends, besides  taking an active part in public affairs and wielding a strong influence  in behalf of whatever he deems for the best interests of his fellow  citizens.  In politics, he gives his support to the Democratic party.   Since attaining his majority, he has kept in close touch with the  leading questions and issues before the people, and his judgment and  counsel have had much weight in shaping the policies of his party in the  county of Clinton.  He has held nearly every local position within the  gift of the people, and during the past six years has discharged the  duties of township clerk in an able and satisfactory manner, being the  present incumbent of that office.  Fraternally, he belongs to the  Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed all the chairs,  and, though not identified with any religious body, is a regular  attendant and liberal supporter of the local Methodist Episcopal church  with which his wife holds membership.  Mr. and Mrs. Anderson's beautiful  home has been rendered additionally attractive by the presence of their  two children, Verda E. and Wilma B., both interesting and intelligent  and reflecting no little credit upon their fond parents.