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Monroe Dunaway Anderson
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Birth: Jun. 29, 1873
Madison County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1939

The M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is named after Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a banker and cotton trader from Jackson, Tennessee. He was a member of a business partnership with Will Clayton that, in the event of one of their deaths, would require a large amount of money lost to estate tax. In order to avoid this Anderson created the M. D. Anderson Foundation with an initial sum of $300,000. In 1939 after Anderson's death the foundation received $19 million.

In 1941 the Texas Legislature had appropriated $500,000 to build a cancer hospital and research center. The Anderson Foundation agreed to match funds with the state if the hospital were located in Houston in the Texas Medical Center (another project of the Anderson Foundation), and named after Anderson.

Using surplus World War II Army barracks, the hospital operated for 10 years from a converted residence and 46 beds leased in a Houston hospital before moving to its current location in 1954.

Mr. Anderson died in Houston, Harris County, TX. He was unmarried and had no children.

Thanks to Dawn Kelley for her bio contributions.

Family links: 
  James Wisdom Anderson (1835 - 1879)
  Mary Ellen B Dunaway Anderson (1839 - 1908)
  Martha Opie Anderson Nance (1862 - 1906)*
  William Thomas Anderson (1863 - 1939)*
  George Dunaway Anderson (1866 - 1869)*
  James Austin Anderson (1871 - 1941)*
  Monroe Dunaway Anderson (1873 - 1939)
  Florie A Andrews (1875 - 1965)*
  Benjamin Letcher Anderson (1879 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Madison County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Donna Hampton
Record added: Jul 10, 2007
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Member of the Jackson First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Tennessee. His grandfather, Rev. William Monroe Dunaway; his parents, James Wisdom and Ellen Dunaway Anderson; and his grandmother, Mahala Anderson, were all charter members of the ch...(Read more)
- Gwen
 Added: Jul. 6, 2013
MONROE DUNAWAY ANDERSON (18731939). M. D. Anderson, philanthropist, was born on June 29, 1873, in Jackson, Tennessee, the sixth of eight children of James Wisdom and Ellen (Dunaway) Anderson. James Anderson was first president of the First National Bank ...(Read more)
 Added: Oct. 10, 2012
His legacy will live always. Rest in Peace.
- William Roberts
 Added: Jun. 14, 2009

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