|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1820|
Prince William County
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1890|
Gen. Thomas C. Anderson, of St. Landry Parish, at one time one of the most prominent politicians in Louisiana, died in New Orleans at 2 o'clock in the morning of April 1st, of Bright's disease of the kidneys, aged 70 years.
The Lafayette Advertiser; Lafayette, Louisiana.
April 5, 1890; Page Four.
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ANDERSON, Thomas C., planter, politician.
Born, Virginia, 1821. Removed to Louisiana as a young man, clerked for a short time in New Orleans mercantile house before establishing his own store in Washington, La.
Several years prior to the Civil War, he became a
prosperous sugar planter, accumulating by 1860 over 3,500 acres of land valued at $100,000 and sixty-three slaves.
A Whig in politics, he served in the antebellum state legislature, represented his senatorial district in the 1852 state constitutional convention and his parish as a delegate to the 1860 state Constitutional Union party convention at Baton Rouge. Although he originally
opposed secession, he supported the Confederacy and briefly served in its army.
After war, again served in state senate, 1865-1866 and 1868-1877, and while often classified as a Democrat, considered himself an "independent conservative." Despite claims to conservatism, seems to have had a close
relationship with two state Republican administrations. Accused of using his influence to gain a state subsidy for a navigation company in which he held a personal financial interest.
Named, 1874, to board of control of Louisiana
Agricultural and Mechanical College. And from 1870 to 1877, a member of the state's controversial election returning board. His role in the manipulation of
returns for the Republican party in the 1876 election earned him a two-year prison term. His imprisonment, however, lasted only two months and he was almost
immediately appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes as the acting collector of customs at New Orleans, a highly lucrative post, and a few months later received the post of special deputy collector of customs of the port. After
1877, identified with the Republican party and in the 1880s became a member of the party's state executive committee.
Manuscript Census Returns, St. Landry Parish, 1860; William Ivy Hair, Bourbonism and Agrarian Protest: Louisiana Politics, 1877-1900 (1969);
Howard James Jones, "The Members of the Louisiana Legislature of 1868;
"Images of 'Radical Reconstruction' Leadership, Ph.D. dissertation, Washington State University, 1975;
William Edward Highsmith, "Louisiana During Reconstruction," Ph. D. dissertation,
Louisiana State University, 1953.
He married Mary Therese Hardy on 26 May
Specifically: Cemetery Unknown.
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Record added: Oct 26, 2012
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