Scope and Content
Title: Richard Clough Anderson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1781-1892
Richard Clough Anderson
Extent: ca. 1865 peices in 25 boxes
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[Identification of item], Richard Clough Anderson Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Richard Clough Anderson, statesman and diplomat, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Richard Clough Anderson (1750-1826),
a Virginia Revolutionary officer, and Elizabeth Clark, sister of George Roger Clark. After studying law under St. George Tucker,
he opened a practice in Louisville. He held a seat in the state House of Representatives from 1812 to 1816, and again from
1821 to 1823, when he chaired the Committee on Public lands. From 1817 to 1821, he served in the U.S. Congress, where he distinguished
himself as an advocate of Latin-American independence. President Monroe appointed him minister plenipotentiary to La Gran
Colombia in 1823, a post he held until his untimely death caused by a fever he contracted while serving as a minister.
Anderson was married to Elizabeth Gwathmey (Betsy) who was the daughter of Owen and Ann Clark Gwathmey. She died in Bogota
in 1825. They had five children: Arthur? - c.1826; Louis? - 1822; Elizabeth 1811 - 1814; Elizabeth 1815 - 1864; Ann 1823 -
Scope and Content
The Anderson family, particularly R. C. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth and their tour of duty in Colombia. Anderson
Senior, his other sons Charles and Robert (of Ft. Sumter fame), and Larz; the Clark and Gwathmey families; real estate transactions,
legislation, and speculation in Kentucky; Louisville and Kentucky politics; some national politics; relations between Colombia
and the U.S.; antislavery sentiment; the Civil War; Ohio politics and government, especially during the Civil War
Arranged in chonological order.
Significant Persons And Number of Pieces Authored by Them
- Richard Clough Anderson, father-59pieces
- Richard Clough Anderson -63 pieces
- Robert Anderson -26 pieces
- Charles Anderson -85 pieces
- Larz Anderson -56 pieces
- John Jordan Crittenden -16 pieces
- John Sherman - 10 pieces