Louis B. Anderson

Louis B. Anderson
Louis B. Anderson, 1921.png
Alderman Anderson depicted in the Chicago Tribune, 1921
Alderman of the Chicago City Council
In office
1917–1933
Serving with Hugh Norris (1917–1918)
Robert R. Jackson (1918–1923)
Preceded byOscar Stanton De Priest
Succeeded byWilliam L. Dawson
Constituency2nd ward
Personal details
BornApril 17, 1870
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 28, 1946(1946-05-28) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Louis Bernard[1] Anderson (April 17, 1870 – May 28, 1946) was an American politician who served as alderman of Chicago's 2nd ward from 1917 to 1933. A Republican, he served most of the Douglas community area, including much of the African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville. He was a prominent ally of mayor William Hale Thompson, and served as his floor leader throughout the 1920s.

Early life

Born on April 17, 1870, in Petersburg, Virginia,[2] Anderson moved to Washington, D.C., in 1889 to work in journalism as an exchange reader,[3] and journalist. At some point he was employed by the newspaperman Major Moses P. Handy;[4] when Handy was appointed promoter general of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1892, he would follow him to Chicago as his assistant.[5][6]

After working as Handy's assistant Anderson worked as a secretary for Buffalo Bill,[7] following the showman's Wild West Show to its ranch in North Platte, Nebraska.[7] Unsatisfied with prairie life he returned to Chicago[7] and attended the Chicago-Kent College of Law.[6] After graduating in 1897 he befriended Robert S. Abbott, threatening a printer with the loss of city contracts unless it employed Abbott,[7] and became a contributing editor of Abbott's Chicago Defender.[6] He then became an attorney, serving as a county attorney and assistant corporation counsel under Mayor Fred Busse.[6]

He was the victim of an attempted robbery at 29th Street and Wabash Avenue on March 1, 1905. He was not intimidated and was armed. He shot one of the two assailants through his overcoat, the bullet passing through his lung, mortally wounding him.[8][9]

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