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Date: 1848

Location: Abu Simbel, façade

Recording: RDK 382



RDK 382


Biographical details, and bibliography:


Lawyer, soldier, political economist and publicist, Mr. E. Ellery Anderson has taken a prominent part in mol ding and directing opinion and action on the great public questions that have agitated the American people in the closing years of the nineteenth century. He is a thorough New Yorker, born in this city October 31, 1833, and his scholastic temperament comes to him as an inheritance from his father, who was a distinguished educator and scientist.


Professor Henry J. Anderson, M.D., LL. D., the father, was born in 1799. He was graduated from Columbia College in 1818, and  from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1823, two years later becoming Professor of Mathematics, Analytical and Physical Astronomy in Columbia College. For years he held that position, and then resigned on account of his wife’s health and travelled in Europe. While abroad he became identified with the Roman Catholic Church, and on his return to New York gave much time to the promotion of the interests of that ecclesiastical body. He was president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and was on the official boards of other church organizations. In 1851, he was elected a trustee of Columbia College, and in 1866 was made emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy. When the American Scientific Expedition went to explore the level of the Dead Sea, Professor Anderson accompanied the party and conducted some interesting investigations. In 1875, he went to India to explore the Himalayas for ethnological and philosophical discoveries. While there, he was stricken with disease and died in October of that year.








Mr. Anderson travelled in Europe in 1843 with his father, and returning to his studies was  graduated from Harvard College in 1852. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 and has sedulously applied himself to the practice of his profession ever since. He has had the management of many trust estates and has been engaged upon very celebrated cases. In 1868 , he entered into partnership with Frederick H. Man, under the firm name of Anderson & Man. The Partners have handled much  litigation with railroads, and one of their most important cases was that in which they recovered some two million dollars intrest due on bonds of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. In 1862, Mr. Anderson went to the front as a Major in a regiment of New York volunteers and served until he was captured and returned home under parole of Stonewall Jackson. Although a strong Democrat, he joined in the movement against Tweed in 1871, and did good work in helping to overthrow the ring. As a Tammany, he was for several years chairman of the  Eleventh District, but in 1879, in company with Abram S. Hewitt, William C. Whitney, Edward Cooper and others, he withdrew from that organization and became one of the founders of the Country Democracy, being for a long time chairman of the general committee. Although he has given considerable time to politics, he has never permitted his name to be used for any elective public office. He has, however, been a school trustee, and in 1896 was appointed a member of the Board of Education. He has also served  on the Rapid Transit Commission, the Croton Aqueduct Commission and the Elevated Railroad Commission. In 1887, President Cleveland appointed him on the commission to investigate the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, and he prepared the majority report  of the commission. He was appointed one of  the directors of the Union Pacific Railway Company on behalf of the Government, and in 1893 was appointed by the United States Court one of the receivers of that corporation. I is as an advocate of tariff reform in recent years that Mr. Anderson has made himself  best known, and has exercised the widest and strongest influence. His services to the Democratic party on that issue in the Presidential campaign of 1892 were exceedingly valuable. He was president of the Reform Club and chairman of the Tariff Reform Committee, and wrote many papers and  made many addresses. In the campaign of 1896, he was similarly active for the cause of sound  money. Mr. Anderson married Augusta Chauncey, aand lives in West Thirty-eighth Street. He is a member of the Metropolitan, Democratic, University, Reform, Whist and other clubs, and of the Bar Association.


PROMINENT FAMILIES OF NEW YORK, Being an account in Biographical form of individuals and families distinguished as representatives of the social, professional and civic life of New York City. The Historical Company, Weeks, Lyman Horace. Ed.  New York .1897. p. 19; Roger O. De Keersmaecker, Travellers’ Graffiti from the Egypt and the Sudan, VIII, Elkab - Themple of Amenophis III, Mortsel (Antwerp) Belgium 2010, p. 19, 20, 21, 22.















Book of the Annual reunion and dinner of the Old Guard Association. Twelfth Regiment, N.G.S, NY Saturday, April 21st, 1894, at the Manhattan Athletic Club, Madison Avenue and 45th Street, New York City.


With thanks of Jim Gandy, Assistant Librarian / Archivist. NY State Military Museum.


RDK 1007


Date: 1847

Location: Kumma Temple, PM VII. NUBIA, The Deserts and Outside Egypt, Oxford 1851, p. 146 KUMMA, (29), Room VI G.

Recording: RDK 1007.


Note: The above photograph is almost undeniable also a graffito made by Elbert Ellery Anderson .

See  Roger De Keersmaecker, The Temples of Semna and Kumma, 2003, Mortsel (Antwerp), p. 42.