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Lola Anderson Dennis
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1885
Laurens County
Georgia, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1969
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA

MARRIED: October 26, 1929 in Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN
Lola Anderson Dennis, eldest daughter of Colonel Albert W. and Martha Ann (Hillhouse) Anderson, was born November 23, 1886 at Laurens, SC. She was educated at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and Cornell University. Prepared for college at the Tubman High School, Augusta, GA.

As a landscape architect, her concentration at Cornell, she worked both as a consultant to the city of Kingsport, TN and as manager of the Kingsport Nurseries. The newspapers of the period testify to her skill and her valuable contributions toward the beautification and planning of this model and rapidly growing industrial center. On October 26, 1929 she married John Bartlett Dennis, financier of New York City, who was one of the developers of modern Kingsport and of new industries there.

During his lifetime, Lola and John maintained three homes: at Oyster Bay, LI, Kingsport, and Biltmore, NC. The one at Kingsport "Rotherwood" commanded a magnificent view of the Holston River. After his death on February 12, 1947, the first two residences were sold and Lola made her home at Biltmore. Her flower gardening has been her main hobby the year round and her garden is a show place.

John B. Dennis was born March 4, 1866 at Gardiner, Maine, the son of David Dennis, president of the Merchants National Bank of Gardiner, and Julia Bartlett Dennis, and was a descendant of the 1688 English settler at Ipswich, MA. After three years at Cornell University he transferred to Columbia where he received his AB in 1887. Three years later he joined Blair & Co., investment bankers and was partner in this firm for 25 years until its dissolution in 1920. During these years he had a large hand in the firm's many banking, promotional and reorganization activities and in making Blair & Co. a world famous banking house. Among other activities he was the guiding spirit in the building of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway and in the development of the Southwest Virginia coal field.

One of Mr. Dennis' chief interests during the last twenty years of his life was the development of Kingsport, TN. He was the leader in establishment of the Kingsport Press, one of the largest printing and publishing companies in the United States. During these years, he was chairman of the board and director of the Kingsport Press; director of the Pennsylvania-Dixie Cement Corp.; chairman of the board, president and director of the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway; and president and chairman of the board of the Securities Company, 1 East 57th Street, an investment company (New York City). He belonged to several clubs: Metropolitan, Racquet and Tennis, Turf and Field, City Midday, and Cornell in New York City, and the Piping Rock Club of Locust Valley, LI. He was also a member of scientific and charitable organizations. One of his hobbies was the development of a large farm near Kingsport where he built up and maintained of the finest herds of Jersey cattle in the South.

Sketches of him appear in Poor's Register of Directors of the United States and Canada (1935); the Kingsport Times (February 13, 1947); and The New York Times (February 13, 1947).

FROM: The Hillhouse Family (South Carolina Branch)located at
BY: Helen T. Hillhouse and Laurens Petigru 1959 
Family links: 
  Albert Williams Anderson (1863 - 1930)
  Martha Ann Hillhouse Anderson (1865 - 1953)
  John Bartlett Dennis (1866 - 1947)*
  Virginia Anderson Page (____ - 1977)*
  Lola Anderson Dennis (1885 - 1969)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Mausoleum is locked so it was hard to get a good picture. The glass is broken. Looks like it was vandalized. UPDATE: This was fixed. Interesting fact: This is not part of Oak Hill Cemetery. It is on private land.
Oak Hill Memorial Park
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Crystal Lane
Record added: Apr 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68689326
Lola <i>Anderson</i> Dennis
Added by: Crystal Lane
Lola <i>Anderson</i> Dennis
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Lola <i>Anderson</i> Dennis
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