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Anderson, Ray N.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 227-228


Ray N. Anderson, a prominent attorney of Pittsfield, practicing in all the county, was born in Pike county, in 1847, a son of H. L. and Eliza (Stebhins) Anderson, of Summer Hill, of this county. The father, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, came to Illinois prior to the Civil war and and began business as a merchant in Summer Hill, Illinois, but is now a farmer and grain merchant. Unto him and his wife were horn eight children, six of whom are living.

Ray N. Anderson attended the common schools until seventeen years of age, when he entered upon a preparatory course of study in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and later was graduated from the University of Michigan, completing the law course in 1899. Going to the Pacific coast he practiced at Seattle, Washington, until 1901, when he returned to Pittsfield, where he has since been located. He is now associated with Colonel Matthews, the oldest member of the Pittsfield bar, and is already winning success, having secured a good clientage which connects him with important litigated interests of his district.

On the 18th of October, 1905, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Helen Gray Bush, a daughter of William C. and Mollie Bush, and a granddaughter of Merrick Bush. Her parents were eastern people and her father is now connected with the Pike County Democrat. Mrs. Anderson is a graduate of the high school of Pittsfield and of the business college at Jacksonville, Illinois. In his political views Mr. Anderson is a prominent republican, active in the local ranks and is now serving as one of the city aldermen. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the Masonic lodge. In citizenship he is influential, being the champion of progress and improvement along lines of practical and permanent good. In his law practice he is found as an earnest worker in that preparation which is so necessary before the active work of the court is done and in the presentation of a cause he is clear and cogent in reasoning and logical in his deductions.

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