James Maxwell Anderson, 1888 - 1959

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Born: 15 December 1888, Atlantic, Pennsylvania
Died: 28 February 1959, Stamford, Connecticut

Anderson was born on his maternal grandmother's farm, the family moved to Andover, Ohio where his father was a railroad fireman while studying for the Baptist ministry. They moved to Jamestown, North Dakota in time for his senior year at Jamestown High School (1908), he earned his B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Dakota in 1911. He was a high school principal and English teacher at the tiny hamlet of Minnewaukan for two years but was fired for pacifist statements. He moved west to Stanford University, earning an M.A. in 1914, then taught high school in San Francisco for three years. He was named chairman of the English department at Whittier College in 1917, his support of a student seeking conscientious objector status led to his dismissal within a year. He worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bulletin, then moved to New York City where he was an editorial writer for The New Republic, the New York Globe, and the New York World. He wrote his first play in 1923, his first successful play in 1924, and then devoted himself full time to writing plays, about forty of them. Saturday's Children was a 1927 hit on the stage, was filmed three times, and produced for television three times. He won the 1933 drama Pulitzer for Both Your Houses. His Anne of the Thousand Days was a hit on stage in 1948 and won an Oscar in 1969 when it was filmed, ten years after his death following a stroke.

Biography from Wikipedia and People of Pennsylvania

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