|Birth: ||Aug., 1822|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1866|
Lieut. in Mex War
Twice elected State Senator from Placer Co.
Died suddenly in Auburn, October 12, 1866, JAMES ANDERSON, of Heart disease, aged 44 years. [His funeral will take place from Masonic Hall, tomorrow (Sunday), at 10 o'clock.] It is with profound sorrow that we record the sudden decease of James Anderson, Esq., in Auburn, which occurred as above announced. His death occurred, probably from the cause above stated, in a moment of time, between the hours of nine and ten o'clock in the morning, while sitting in his chair in the PLACER HERALD OFFICE. Up to the moment of his decease he had seemed in his usual good health and spirits, so that his friends, and probably he himself, had not a moments warning of his approaching death. This sad event has produced in this immediate community, and among a large circle of friends, a feeling of general heartfelt sorrow and it would seem fitting in this connection to make a brief record of the leading events of his life. James Anderson was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in the month of August A.D. 1822, and was forty-four years old at the time of his death. At about the age of seventeen years he removed to the State of Kentucky, where he studied law and was admitted to practice as an Attorney and Counsellor in May, 1843; some time after, and before the opening of the Mexican war, he removed to the State of Tennessee, where, in the year 1846, he enlisted in the United States Volunteer service, and with the first troops raised in that State he went to Mexico and served out his term of enlistment, as a non-commissioned officer; and was on his return in 1847, commissioned by the President as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States service, and again went to Mexico, and remained in that capacity in the service until about one year after the close of hostilities, when leaving the service, he removed to Rio Grande City, in the State of Texas, and again engaged in the practice of the law, at which he continued until he removed to this State in the Spring of 1850. On his arrival in San Francisco, by the way of Mexico, and on a sail vessel from Mazatlan, he took up his residence in the city of Stockton, and again engaged in his profession. He was, shortly after his arrival, appointed District Attorney of San Joaquin county, and discharged the duties of that office until the fall of 1851. Mr. Anderson removed to Placer county in the summer or fall of 1852, since which time he has chiefly resided in the county engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1857, he was elected by the people of Placer county to the State Senate, to fill the unexpired term of Hon. Joseph Walkup, and after the completion of this term was again elected to the Senate for the ensuing fall term, which he filled with ability. He continued in the practice of his profession in this county until about December, 1863, when he removed to the Territory of Arizona, residing chiefly at Prescott, the capital town of the Territory, where he remained until his return to this State and county, a few months since, and had recently taken up his permanent residence here, where his death occurred. The life of the deceased has been an eventful one. He was the carver of his own fortunes—essentially a self-made man. Few men had greater occasion or need of self-reliance; and all who knew him will bear cheerful and truthful testimony, that in all the communities in which he has resided—in every station he has occupied in the public, military and civil service and in his professional career he was justly distinguished for his ability and assiduity; but more than all, for a strict integrity of purpose and an unfailing fidelity in the performance of every duty, and the execution of every trust imposed upon or assumed by him, that knew no flattering, and in which none were ever found, whether friend or foe, to call his character in question. In all the private walks of life he was remarkable for his geniality of disposition and strong common sense. As a humorist, he had few equals on the Pacific coast, as his numerous contributions to the public press, from time to time, under divers nom de plumes, will amply attest. He enjoyed the unlimited confidence of a large circle of friends who knew but to love him, to whom he was ever welcome, not only as a boon companion but for his strong, earnest sense and sound judgment; and for his ever faithful and unselfish friendship. But he has gone, and gone suddenly, without warning to him or his friends who mourn his loss; it is, however, most gratifying to them to know that he leaves an unsullied reputation and a spotless name ever to be cherished in their remembrance.
[Placer Herald (Auburn), Sat. 13 Oct 1866.
History of Placer County/pages 118-119
A bio is included in this book.
At the end is this line.
As a soldier, attorney, journalist, politician, and legislator, he was of the superior class, and attached in his friendships by the most enduring ties.
brother: George is also here at the Old Auburn Cemetery.
Aclaimed in Life , in death mourned, rest time.
Old Auburn Cemetery
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Oct 08, 2009
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