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Inventory of the Richard Clough Anderson Papers, 1781-1892
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Clough Anderson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1781-1892
    Creator: Richard Clough Anderson
    Extent: ca. 1865 peices in 25 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased from Zeitlin and Ver Brugge in 1976.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Clough Anderson Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Richard Clough Anderson, statesman and diplomat, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Richard Clough Anderson (1750-1826), a Virginia Revolutionary officer, and Elizabeth Clark, sister of George Roger Clark. After studying law under St. George Tucker, he opened a practice in Louisville. He held a seat in the state House of Representatives from 1812 to 1816, and again from 1821 to 1823, when he chaired the Committee on Public lands. From 1817 to 1821, he served in the U.S. Congress, where he distinguished himself as an advocate of Latin-American independence. President Monroe appointed him minister plenipotentiary to La Gran Colombia in 1823, a post he held until his untimely death caused by a fever he contracted while serving as a minister.
    Anderson was married to Elizabeth Gwathmey (Betsy) who was the daughter of Owen and Ann Clark Gwathmey. She died in Bogota in 1825. They had five children: Arthur? - c.1826; Louis? - 1822; Elizabeth 1811 - 1814; Elizabeth 1815 - 1864; Ann 1823 - 1843.

    Scope and Content

    Subject Matter

    The Anderson family, particularly R. C. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth and their tour of duty in Colombia. Anderson Senior, his other sons Charles and Robert (of Ft. Sumter fame), and Larz; the Clark and Gwathmey families; real estate transactions, legislation, and speculation in Kentucky; Louisville and Kentucky politics; some national politics; relations between Colombia and the U.S.; antislavery sentiment; the Civil War; Ohio politics and government, especially during the Civil War
    Arranged in chonological order.

    Significant Persons And Number of Pieces Authored by Them

    • Richard Clough Anderson, father-59pieces
    • Richard Clough Anderson -63 pieces
    • Robert Anderson -26 pieces
    • Charles Anderson -85 pieces
    • Larz Anderson -56 pieces
    • John Jordan Crittenden -16 pieces
    • John Sherman - 10 pieces