William B. Anderson

William Black Anderson ( born April 2, 1830 in Mount Vernon, Illinois; † August 28, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1877 he represented the state of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Anderson attended the common schools and afterwards until 1850, McKendree College in Lebanon. In 1851 he became director of land surveying in Jefferson County. He studied law, without ever afterwards to work as a lawyer. Instead, he was engaged in farming. In the years 1856 and 1858 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Illinois. During the Civil War, Anderson served in the army of the Union. By 1865 he reached the rank of brevet brigadier general of volunteers. In 1869, Anderson was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Illinois; In 1871 he was elected to the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1874 Anderson was as an independent candidate in the 19th Election District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel S. Marshall on March 4, 1875. Since he resigned in 1876 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1877. Between 1885 and 1889, Anderson worked for the tax authorities in the southern part of the State of Illinois, and from 1893 to 1898 for federal pension office in Chicago. In this city he is on August 28, 1901 and passed away.