|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1863|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1930|
Colonel Anderson was a successful railroad executive. He entered the University of South Carolina at age 16, but while a Junior both parents died and he left college at age 19; went to work, after several interim jobs, with Greenwood, Laurens and Spartanburg RR (later a part of the C&WC RR). In 1896 he was made general manager of the newly consolidated Charleston and Western Carolina Railroad, and subsequently vice-president and general manager. In reality during all the years from 1896 on, his was the guiding hand of the railroad's operation and development, and its 1400 employees, a fact openly recognized even by its president and general counsel who maintained a large private law practice.
An editorial at the time of his elevation to the presidency had this to say of his many years as vice-president and general manager:
The above recitation of the growth of the C&WC properties is indeed a romance in the history of railroading. The personality of Albert W. Anderson, his dynamic energy and his intense loyalty to his railroad's interests, are factors that contributed very materially to this marvelous growth. . . . Mr. Anderson's devotion to his railroad is second only to his devotion to his family, and after his family and his railroad comes his loyalty to his adopted city of Augusta. The C&WC railroad is one of the most important factors in the community's industrial and commercial life, and the management under Mr. Anderson has shown an admirable spirit of cooperation. . . . The Chronicle felicitates the owners, employees and patrons of the C&WC in the elevation of this very worthy and very able official to the highest place within the gift of the road's directors . . .
Another editorial at the time of his death commented:
His life was devoted to the building up of a great railroad of the South, and much of its progress was undoubtedly due to his energy, his intelligent direction and his driving power. We have seen him before city councils, chambers of commerce and state railroad commissions, and he was always there fighting, fighting for his railroad's interests. He believed that his railroad was one of the great developers and builders of Augusta and Western South Carolina as, indeed, it has been. . . .
Colonel Anderson died on February 3, 1930 and Martha Ann on June 8, 1953. Both are interred in the Westover Memorial Park at Augusta.
FROM: The Hillhouse Family (South Carolina Branch)located at
BY: Helen T. Hillhouse and Laurens Petigru 1959
Martha Ann Hillhouse Anderson (1865 - 1953)
Virginia Anderson Page (____ - 1977)*
Lola Anderson Dennis (1885 - 1969)*
Westover Memorial Park
Created by: Crystal Lane
Record added: Apr 28, 2013
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