Anderson was educated in Pittsburgh and learned casting and machining at his father's plant there. He moved to Birmingham in 1887 and opened his own brass foundry to supply the steel industry. He moved the foundry to a full block at 39th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, and was known for the care he took in personally planting the surroundings with trees and flowers.
- Cruikshank, George H. (1920) History of Birmingham and Its Environs: A Narrative Account of Their Historical Progress, Their People, and Their Principal Interests 2 volumes. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections