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Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. III,
page 68, 1923.
ANDERSON, HALCOTT is a well known Pensacola attorney, is a native of that city, represents
an old Florida family and has practiced law there for fifteen years.
Mr. ANDERSON was born in Pensacola, December 21, 1877, son of WILLIAM EDWARD and ANNA (HAWKS)
ANDERSON. His grandparents were WALKER and PHOEBE (HAWKS) ANDERSON, of North Carolina.
The maternal grandparents were SAMUEL and ELIZABETH (POST) HAWKS, the former of North Carolina
and the latter of New Jersey. WILLIAM EDWARD ANDERSON was born in North Carolina and was
three years of age when his parents came to Florida. His wife was a native of Brooklyn, New
York, and was only a child when her parents died and she was reared by her uncle, BISHOP CICERO
HAWKS, of St. Louis, Missouri. WILLIAM E. ANDERSON served all through the Civil war in the
quartermaster's department of the Confederate Army, with headquarters at Talladega, Alabama.
After the war he returned to Pensacola, was in the lumber and sawmill business, and was part
owner of Simpson and Company. He served three terms as mayor of Pensacola, was a leader in
local affairs, and at several times was grand master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Florida.
HALCOTT ANDERSON was educated in the public schools of Pensacola, spent one year in a private
preparatory school, and from there entered the University of North Carolina, graduating A.
B. in 1900. For two years following his university career he was a teacher in Pensacola, and
then entered the school of law at Columbia University of New York, where he graduated L.L.B.
in 1905. He then practiced for two years in New York City, and in 1908 returned to Pensacola.
He is in general practice, is a member of the County and State Bar associations, and during
the war was a member of the Legal Advisory Board and was actively identified with the entire
program of local patriotic activities.
In March, 1907, in New York City, Mr. ANDERSON married Miss ELIZABETH HIGGINS. Her mother,
ELIZABETH BUSTEED, was born in Virginia, while her father was a native of New York. Her father
was in the wholesale produce and ice business in New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. ANDERSON have one
son, HALCOTT FRANCIS. Mr. ANDERSON is a member of the Episcopal Church.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
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