I am not related to the Anderson family, but for historical research I am looking for information on Alexander "Alex" Anderson, b. 1 March 1806, in Ohio.
Alex was the first mayor of Bryan, Texas, having been appointed by the U.S. government after the Civil War.
In a letter applying for a government position, dated 26 Apr. 1867, Alex Anderson stated that he was originally from Ohio and had left that state 10 years earlier, moving first to Mexico.He says he did not take any part in the Civil War.He goes on, "In Ohio early in life I was elected Brig. General and assisted General SCOTT in putting down the Patriot troubles with Canada in 1837.I was collector of the port at Sandusky, and, subsequently, appointed by General STEDMAN to settle the claims against the state by reason of the Ohio canal ... In 1838 I was admitted to the practice of law, and subsequently was elected judge in a city of 20,000, during my days of prosperity I gave $30,000 for the good of the colored race and think I might yet render to them and my country some good were I in a situation where I could advise those to be faithful and live up to their contracts ..."
Late in 1867 Alex Anderson was appointed County Judge for Brazos County.In January 1868 he was appointed as one of the voting registrars for Brazos Co.; then, in May 1868 he was appointed as first mayor of Bryan.
Alexander Anderson died on 1 March 1874 & is buried in Bryan City Cemetery.
While research in Texas has unearthed more details concerning his political activities in Brazos Co., this is all we know about his life prior to his coming to the state.
Given his apparent prominence, I am hoping that perhaps some Anderson family historian knows more about his early life ... And, perhaps knowing about his later years will fill in the holes for someone in Ohio ?