Hon. Jackson Anderson, a well known agriculturist of the Seventeenth District, was born in 1831, in Edgecombe County. N.C., a son of John and Nancy (Taylor) Amdeuou. The parents were born in same State and county as our subject; the father in 1801, and the mother in 1800. John Anderson resided in his native State until after his marriage. In 1837 be immigrated to Henderson County; purchased property where he now resides. He was one of the earliest settlers and is the oldest person in the county; he is well known and highly respected. His wife was of Dutch descent; was the mother of five children. Jackson was the only one who lived to be grown. Mrs. Anderson lived to a ripe old age, honored and beloved by all. She departed this life in 1883. The subject of this sketch was about six years old when his parents came to Henderson County; he remained with them until after his majority; in 1853 he married Miss Harriet E. Jackson, daughter of Wm. P. and Martha Jackson. Mrs. Anderson was born in 1837 and died in 1866. She bore four children: Emily Melvina, wife of Jesse Holmes: William H., deceased; John Water and James Y. After marriage Mr. Anderson located where he now resides, near the old homestead. He owns about 800 acres of valuable land, and has a desirable home. He is one of the most enterprising and influential men of the count; and by honor and integrity has won the confidence and esteem of the entire community. In 1859 he was elected magistrate of the Nineteenth Division, adjusting all cases brought before him with satisfaction for twenty-three years. In 1882 he was elected to represent Henderson County in the State Legislature. He served with so much credit and distinction that he was re-elected in 1884. He is a stanch and leading Republican; he was a Whig previous to the war; cast his first vote for Gen. Scott in 1852. He is a Mason, belongs to Juno Lodge, No. 64, and is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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