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Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II,
page 41, 1923.

ANDERSON, ROBERT H. assumed on the first of October, 1921, the duties of the office of general
solicitor of the Flagler system, which represents some of the most important railroad,
industrial and general capitalistic interests of the State of Florida, and his advancement
to this important post was made by the trustees of the Flagler estate, upon the recommendation
of SCOTT M. LOFTIN, general counsel for the system and the subject of individual record on
the other pages of this publication. From a newspaper article making announcement of his
advancement to this post are taken the following quotations:

"The news of Mr. ANDERSON's promotion in the legal department of the Flagler system will be
received with pleasure by his many friends throughout the state. The new general solicitor
is a young lawyer who has made a brilliant record since his admission to the bar in 1913,
and his advancement comes as a recognition of his ability and his achievement in his profession.
Mr. ANDERSON is a native Floridian, having been born at Pensacola, August 12, 1890. He was
educated in the public schools of Escambia County and in Stetson University at DeLand, Florida,
in the law department of which institution he was graduated in 1913. He was admitted to the
bar in that year, and thereafter was engaged in the practice of his profession at Pensacola
until 1918.

"In 1915 Mr. ANDERSON served in the State Legislature, as a representative from Escambia
County, and he made an enviable record as a lawmaker, being considered one of the strong
members of the Lower House. His next public post was that of assistant United States district
attorney for the northern district of Florida, the appointment for the ad interim term being
made in 1917, by Federal Judge WILLIAM B. SHEPPARD, of Pensacola.

"Mr. ANDERSON removed to Jacksonville in September, 1918, to accept a position in the legal
department of the Florida East Coast Railway. He was made assistant general solicitor of
the road in 1920, and his services in that capacity won him the post of general solicitor
following the promotion of Mr. LOFTIN to the office of general council. Mr. ANDERSON will
continue to reside in Jacksonville, where headquarters of the legal department of the Flagler
system are maintained."

Mr. ANDERSON is a son of Dr. WARREN E. and CATHERINE (HARGIS) ANDERSON, the former of whom
was born at Marianna, Jackson County, this state, February 16, 1858, and the latter of whom
was born in Pensacola, Escambia County, where she still maintains her home, her husband having
died February 1, 1912. ROBERT H., of this review, was the eldest of their eleven children,
all of whom survive the honored father. The marriage of the parents was solemnized at
Pensacola, October 16, 1889, and in that city the father continued his activities as a leading
physician and surgeon until the time of his death, he having been a prominent member of the
Florida State Medical Society and affiliated also with the American Medical Association.

ROBERT H. ANDERSON, like his father, is a staunch advocate of the principles of the democratic
party, and in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks he is past exalted ruler of Pensacola
Lodge No. 497.

November 8, 1914, recorded the marriage of Mr. ANDERSON and Miss MARIE E. WILLARD, who likewise
was reared in this state, and the one child of this union is a winsome little daughter, MARIE E.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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