Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Colonel Daniel Anderson

Was born April 5th, 1821, in Monroe county. Indiana, and raised on a farm, with the ordinary limited means for education incident to a newly settled country. After his majority he improved his education for two years in a better class of schools, and then taught school and read law until 1847, when he was admitted to the bar, and came to Iowa in February, 1848; stopped at Keokuk one year, and on May 1st, 1849, settled permanently at Albia, Monroe county. Iowa, and commenced the practice of his profession. On October 14th. 1849, he was married to Miss Amanda M. Harrow, who is now his wife and mother of his five stalwart sons, (and a daughter and son dead.)

He was elected State Senator August, 1854, and again in October, 1858 — was in six sessions, the last one, May, 1861; and same month volunteered and helped to raise the old regiment. Served as Captain of Company H from its organization until he was made Major, July 10th, 1862; Lieutenant Colonel, February 13th, 1863; Colonel, August 21st, 1863, and so remained until discharged for disability about June 1st, 1864. Was a Lincoln Elector in fall of 1864. Was offered a nomination for Congress, but could not accept on account of ill health. Was Register in Bankruptcy after 1867 for several years. He thinks better of his three years' service with the old regiment than any other three years of his life.

SOURCE: Charles H. Lothrop, A History Of The First Regiment Iowa Cavalry Veteran Volunteers, p. 321-2

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