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ANDERSON, Samuel J., ex-chief of the Harrisburg police force, was born in Cumberland county, Pa., April 16, 1850. He is a son of John E. and Sarah W. (Malone) Anderson, both natives of this State, the former of Scotch and the latter of Irish ancestry. His parents had born to them twelve children, six of whom are living: William K., a general agent at Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Bella H., wife of Willis G. Kauffman, of Harrisburg; Annie E., wife of Rev. Adam A. Wolfe, residing at Keithburg, Ill.; Samuel J.; Parker D., residing at Harrisburg; and Ida M., wife of Joseph Gephart, residing at Philipsburg, Kan.

Samuel J. received his education in the schools of his native town. He learned the trade of millwright, and followed this occupation until 1870. I n this year he came to Harrisburg and became chief lumber inspector for the Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company, holding the position for three years. For the next two years he was not engaged in any special vocation. In 1875 he was appointed special police officer for the city of Harrisburg, and occupied the position fo four years. In 1879 he was appointed county detective, under Eli Hullinger, who was at that time district attorney. He served in this capacity until January 1, 1881, when he resigned this position. For the following thirteen years he conducted a private detective bureau. On January 1, 1894, he was appointed to the position of chief of police.

Mr. Anderson has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Zell, to whom he was united in marriage at Holly, Pa. She died at Harrisburg, April 11, 1872. The only child of this marriage is Charles E., born August 13, 1871. He was married again in August, 1875, to Catherine Lutz. There are no children by this marraige.

Mr. Anderson has also served as marshal of the Eastern district of Pennsylvania, with headquarters at Philadelphia. He is a member of City Lodge, No. 301, I. O. O. F., and Encampment No. 301. In political views he affiliates with the Democrats. The family attend the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Anderson was careful, faithful and just in his duties as an officer and popular with the men on the force, as well as with the citizens, who regarded him as a courageous and courteous officer and a worthy man.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Gwen Bixler Drivon at for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000

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