Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
A practicing physician of Madison, Dr. ANDERSON was born in New York city, on the 10th of June, 1841. His father, Rev. William ANDERSON, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and a minister of the Dutch Reformed church, devoted many years of his life to the work of the gospel. He married Miss Sarah Louisa RYERSON, a native of Meads Basin and a daughter of Abraham RYERSON. The ANDERSON family to which the Doctor belongs is of English origin and was founded in America in colonial days. His father, reared in New Jersey, prepared for the ministry and entered upon his first charge in 1847, at Peapack, after which he was stationed at Fordham. From 1856 until 1858, inclusive, he was in Illinois and then returned to New York, where his holy labors effected great good among the people with whom he worked. His death occurred in 1887, when he had reached the age of seventy years; his widow still survives. They were the parents of ten children, nine of whom reached years of maturity, our subject being the second in order of birth.
Dr. ANDERSON, whose name introduces this review, was liberally educated and thus fitted for life's practical duties. He also had the advantages of a cultured Christian home, and this helped to develop a strong, sturdy character, fitted to do battle in the hard places of life. He was a student in Norwich, Connecticut, for some time, being numbered among the graduates of Norwich Academy, in the class of 1859. He afterward attended Columbia Medical College, of New York, where he was graduated in 1865. He studied medicine under the preceptorage of Dr. E. J. RAPELYE, of New York city, before entering college, and on the completion of the course put his theoretic knowledge to the practical test by opening an office and beginning the prosecution of his profession in Hanover, Morris county, New Jersey. In 1868 he came to Madison, where he has since made his home, and in the medical fraternity he has maintained a high standing by reason of his comprehensive knowledge of the science of medicine and his devotion to his work. He has been honored by his fellow members of the profession by being chosen president of the Morris County Medical Society, and the public attests its confidence in his ability and power by giving him a liberal patronage.
Dr. ANDERSON was married in 1873 to Miss Mary BOUKER, of Jersey City, a daughter of John A. and Sarah E. (SIMMONS) BOUKER, both representatives of old New Jersey families. They have four children. The home of the ANDERSON family is a hospitable one and a favorite with Madison's best citizens.
The Doctor is a Republican in his political preferences, and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, thus giving an intelligent support to the principles in which he so firmly believes. He is president of the board of health, is also a member of the common council, and is on the medical staff of All Souls Hospital, in Morristown. He is an attendant on the services of the Presbyterian church, and is deeply interested in all that pertains to the best development of the county.
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