|TOBACCONIST (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 1812 - DIED 22 Nov 1881, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn
John Anderson was the owner of the tabacco store where Mary Rogers was employed in 1838. Anderson had hired her because of her beauty and expected to strenghten the position of "Anderson's Tobacco Emporium: by this move.
But Mary was murdered under mysterious circumstances and became the subject of a famous story by Edgard Allan Poe. Anderson had been seen as a possible candidate to become mayor of New York, but he could forget about this after he was regarded as a possible suspect.
He was prosperous and involved in social schemes. He had a statue of Garibaldi in his house and gave Garibaldi a pension during the last years of his life. Towards the end of his life he was afraid of being poisoned and he claimed that he saw the ghost of Mary Rogers. He died during a visit to Paris in 1881.
JOHN ANDERSON'S WILL. - AN INTIMATE FRIEND TESTIFYING ABOUT HIS DELUSIONS. - View Article - NYTimes.com