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William T. Anderson.—Numbered among the active and well- known business men of South Sharon is William T. Anderson, a dealer in coal and builders' supplies, whose residence is in West Middlesex, Mercer county. A Pennsylvanian by birth and breeding, he was born, September 4, 1862, in Darlington township, Beaver county. His father, Alexander Anderson, was born of Scotch-Irish ancestry in Hanover township, Beaver county, and spent his entire life of sixty-five years in his native county, being engaged in general farming. He married Rebecca Reed, who was born in the same county, in Greece township, and is now residing with a daughter in Sharon, being a bright and active woman of seventy-two years. She bore her husband five children, two sons and three daughters, all of whom were brought up on the home farm.
In common with his brothers and sisters, William T. Anderson received a good common school education while yet a member of the parental household. He afterwards spent three years in Dakota and Minnesota, but not being especially impressed with the resources of that section of our country returned to Pennsylvania, and has since been a resident of his native state. Leaving the home farm on January 1, 1901, Mr. Anderson came to Sharon, and at once embarked in his present business. Industrious and persistent, and possessing sound sense and good judgment, he has been prosperous in his operations, and an important factor in promoting the mercantile interests of the place.
In 1901, Mr. Anderson married Jane McElwee, of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church, and are ever among the foremost in any good work. An active Republican in politics, Mr. Anderson has performed his part in the upbuilding of South Sharon, and has rendered excellent service as school director. Fraternally he is a Master Mason.