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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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Dr. Anderson of St. Augustine, 1839–1880

Dr. Anderson of St. Augustine, 1839–1880

(p.1) 1 Dr. Anderson of St. Augustine, 1839–1880
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

Dr. Andrew Anderson was born in St. Augustine and became the town's leading citizen and later Henry Flagler's best friend. He knew his hometown as a place where local inhabitants made a living from their orange groves and by accommodating sick Northern “strangers” during the winter months. During the Civil War young Anderson went to New York to study medicine, sitting out the conflict that devastated his hometown. Returning after the war, he became involved in building a new hotel and improving his orange grove, which became one of the most famous in Florida. He also assumed a leadership role in the local Presbyterian Church and in management of a benevolent society dedicated to helping indigent black residents. As a Southern Republican, he held a few local government offices during Reconstruction. When former president Ulysses S. Grant paid a visit to town, Dr. Anderson served on the welcoming committee. Grant's optimistic vision of future growth in Florida amazed Anderson, who knew from experience what a backwater Florida had always been.

Keywords:   Andrew Anderson, Civil War, oranges, St. Augustine, Reconstruction, Ulysses S. Grant

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