Abner Anderson (2 Dec. 1832-3 Aug.1906)

Abner Anderson was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia at “Spring Garden.” His parents were Joseph Eggleston Anderson (1808-1870) and his wife, Minerva Caroline Terry (1812-1894). Abner attended the University of Virginia in sessions 29-30 (1852-1854).

Abner Anderson was the editor and proprietor of the Danville Register, both before and after the Civil War, and later was editor of the Richmond Whig. During the Civil War, Anderson served with the Danville Blues, and was quartermaster of the unit.

On 26 Nov. 1862, Abner married Maria Louise Dupuy (Apr. 1841-1926). The couple had no children. Anderson represented Pittsylvania County in the Virginia Senate in 1870-1871. Late in his life, he was superintendent of the public schools, but had resigned from that post about a year before his death. Abner Anderson died suddenly of a heart attack and was buried in Green Hill Cemetery, in Danville, VA.


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