Saturday, May 23, 2015

Robah Bascom Kerner (1859-1893)

From the Memorial of Robah Bascom Kerner, published 1894.
   The life of Winston, North Carolina lawyer Robah Bascom Kerner shone briefly and brightly in the late 19th century, climaxing with his election as Mayor of Winston, North Carolina in 1892. A lawyer and prominent Odd-Fellow in his native city, Kerner's untimely death from typhoid fever in the the year following his election robbed the city of one of its enterprising young citizens. Born in Kernersville, North Carolina on June 3, 1859, Robah Bascom Kerner was the son of Elias and Parthenia Dicks Kerner. He attended schools local to the Kernersville area and also worked upon the family farm. He was confirmed as a member of the Moravian Church in Kernersville at age fifteen and at that same age began to teach school in the village of Germanton.
    During his adolescence Kerner continued to teach, eventually moving on to the Boy's Male Academy at Salem, North Carolina. Age sixteen at the time of his entering that school, Kerner taught here until age twenty, afterwards beginning study at the University of North Carolina. Around this time he decided upon a career as a lawyer and after returning to the Boy's Academy at Salem would study law under Greensboro Judges Robert P. Dick and John Dillard. Kerner was admitted to practice law in 1882 and two years later married to Jennie F. Donnell (1863-1928). The couple would have two children, Donnell Elias (1888-1889) and Frances Lanier (1891-1893), both of whom died before age two.
    A year prior to his marriage Robah B. Kerner was elected as the solicitor for the Inferior Court and in 1885 he took office as member of the Winston Board of Aldermen. Around this same period he was named as Secretary of the Board and City Treasurer, as well as attaining high rank in the local Odd-Fellows chapter. A member of the Salem Lodge  No. 36 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Kerner's decade long affiliation with this chapter saw him reach the ranks of Deputy Grand Master, Junior Warden (1886), Grand High Priest (1887) and Grand Patriarch (1888).
Portrait courtesy of

   While still incumbent city treasurer, Robah B. Kerner was elected as Mayor of Winston in February 1892, winning by a "flattering vote." The youngest man elected as Mayor of Winston up to that time, the 32 year old Kerner's administration lasted only a year and half, but made several inprovements to the city, including: the construction of the first city stables; the "curbing and macadamizing" of Winston's most traveled streets; the implementation of new fire ordinances (in the wake of  a series of fires that had plagued the city) and the completion of the Winston City Hall. Kerner proved to be a popular mayor with both his constituents and fellow politicians, and was even honored by the Board of Aldermen by having his name engraved on a fire engine that had recently been purchased for the city's use.
    The onset of typhoid fever marred the last months of Mayor Kerner's life, although the Memorial on his life (published several months following his death) notes that he continued in his mayoral duties when his health showed improvement. A few weeks before his passing he returned to his parent's home in Kernsville where his health continued to fail, andon September 3, 1893 he and his wife suffered the loss of their daughter Frances Lanier, who was two months short of her second birthday. A little over two weeks later, Robah Bascom Kerner died at age 34, his administration coming to a sudden end after just seventeen months (the shortest in Winston's history.)
   The outpouring of grief for Kerner was immediate. From Winston citizens to members of the Odd-Fellows lodge, Mayor Kerner was memorialized as an "ambitious" and "zealous" public figure, and that
"In his death the city loses a loyal and enterprising citizen, the democratic party a faithful and active worker, his personal friends a staunch and congenial companion, and his home a fond and devoted husband and father."
   Following his death Kerner was interred at the Kernersville Moravian God's Acre Cemetery, which is also the resting place of both of his children. His wife Jennie survived her husband by over three decades, dying in 1928 at age 65, later being buried at the same cemetery as her husband.

                                                      From the Richmond, Virginia Times, September 26, 1893.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lathrop Cooley Stowe (1849-1923)

   Lathrop Cooley Stow was a wealthy Grand Rapids, Michigan furniture manufacturer who served one term as mayor of that city in the late 1890s. A native of Ohio, Lathrop Stow was born in Summit County on January 16, 1849, a son of Zebulon and Edytha Walcott Stow. He and his family resided in Ohio until 1863, whereafter they removed to Michigan. Here Lathrop would complete his education and in 1870 married to Frances M. Teeple (1851-1913) with whom he would later have one daughter, Bertha Stow Witwer (1875-1948).
   In 1872 Stow resettled in Grand Rapids and for three years afterward dabbled in real estate. Around this same time Lathrop's older brother Russell (who had migrated to Grand Rapids a few years earlier) had begun making a name for himself as a furniture manufacturer, being the owner of the Stow and Haight Furniture Co. (later to undergo a name change to the Stow and Davis Furniture Co.) Following his brother's example, Lathrop Stow saw the furniture industry as a lucrative proposition, and in 1876 established the Grand Rapids Furniture Company, of which he would own a "half-interest."
  From the mid 1870s until 1893 Stow would remain engaged with the company he founded, eventually selling off his interest in the last named year. Two years following the sale he joined his brother's company as treasurer, and in April 1896 won election as Mayor of Grand Rapids, defeating incumbent mayor Charles D. Stebbins by "a majority of less than 100." Noted as being the "first two year incumbent" to hold that post, Stow served as mayor until 1898 and a few years after leaving that office began a stint as a member of the Grand Rapids Board of Public Works.
  After many years of prominence in Grand Rapids, Lathrop Stow and his family left that city in 1907 and removed to Weld County, Colorado, where he would reside for the remainder of his life. During his residency here Stow developed an interest in ranching and for a time resided at the S.L.W. Ranch (owned and operated by his son-in-law, Stow Lathrop Witwer.) The former Grand Rapids mayor died in Greeley on January 8, 1923 at age 73, his cause of death being given as "hardening of the arteries." Widowed in 1913, both Stow and his wife were interred at the Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley.

Portrait from the "Men of Michigan", published 1904.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Alos Blank Shaner (1855-1928)

Alos Blank Shaner, from the "Poultry Tribune", Vol. 23, 1917.

    The small city of Lanark, Illinois can lay claim to electing a truly odd named man as its Mayor.....Alos Blank Shaner. A one term mayor of this Carroll County city (who's population hovered around the 1,500 mark as of the 2010 census), Shaner was an avowed advocate of temperance and in addition to serving as a Mayor and alderman was engaged in a rather unusual past-time, one as far removed from politics as one can imagine.....the breeding of chickens! Shaner gained wide prominence throughout the United States as a poultry judge and breeder, even serving as a member of the American Poultry Association Board of Judges.
    A resident of Pennsylvania for the first fifteen years of his life, Alos Blank Shaner was born in Frederick, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1855, one of five children born to John and Maria Shaner. The Shaner family left Pennsylvania in 1870 and settled in Ogle County, Illinois, where Alos would complete his schoolingIn January 1877 Shaner married to Fanny C. Oltmans (1857-1955), with whom he would have three children, John Albert (1880-1942) Ina (birth-date unknown) and Iva (1895-1973).
   Early in his Illinois residency Alos Shaner began an interest in farming and the raising of poultry, and after removing to Carroll County in the early 1880s continued to build a reputation as a "poultry fancier" and breeder. A specialist in in the breeding of "Barred Plymouth Rocks, Buff Leghorns and Colchins" as well as Poland-China hogs, Shaner's reputation in these fields was spotlighted by the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, which notes that he
"Won his success in the poultry business through careful study and patient effort, and has mastered the full details of his work. Though he abandoned the hog raising industry when he located in Lanark, he still has engagements to act as a judge of hogs and sheep at several live stock shows and state fairs."
    Shaner's status as poultry judge wasn't just limited to Illinois, however. From the start of his judging career in 1894 Shaner would visit and judge poultry exhibitions in a total of "twenty-nine states, many of them several times", and by the early 1900s was residing in Lanark, Illinois on a "high class chicken farm." A lifetime member of the American Poultry Association (as well as a member of its board of judges), Shaner was a longstanding advocate of temperance and held the office of President of the Carroll County Law and Order League, as well as the County Temperance League. 
  It wasn't until Shaner settled in Lanark that he began to seek political office, and in 1902 ran on the Prohibition ticket for the Illinois General Assembly. Hoping to represent the state's 12th district in the assembly, Shaner placed fourth out of fur candidates on election day, polling only 812 votes to winning Republican candidate James E. Taggart's 12, 481. An electoral result from that election (featured in the Daily News Almanac) is shown below.

    Several years following his assembly loss Alos Shaner was elected as a Lanark city alderman and was still serving in that post when he was elected as Mayor of Lanark in 1911. Little information could be located on his time as mayor (as well as the length of his term), but it has been found that he was a "former mayor" by April 1914, being mentioned as such in a Pacific Poultry Craft magazine published that year. Following his term as mayor Shaner would continued to be active in poultry showings and in January 1917 won several awards for his birds at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa exhibition. 
   On February 14, 1928 Alos Blank Shaner died in Lanark at the age of 72. He was survived by his wife and two children and was interred at the Lanark City Cemetery. Fanny O. Shaner survived her Alos by nearly thirty years, dying in 1955 at age 98, and was laid to rest at the same cemetery as her husband.

Alos B. Shaner, from the Poultry Garden and Home, Vol. 5, 1898.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Alvinza Baxter Cole (1848-1924)

Portrait from the History of Otter Tail County, 1916.

    At the turn of the 19th century there were few persons more prominent in Otter Tail County, Minnesota than Dr. Alvinza Baxter Cole, a transplant to that state from St. Lawrence County, New York. A practicing physician and surgeon in the city of Fergus Falls for over three decades, Cole experienced remarkable success in both medicine and politics, being a multi-term mayor of Fergus Falls, a two term state senator, and two years prior to his death was elected to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, dying before the completion of his term. 
   A native of New York state, Alvinza B. Cole was born in Canton on December 30, 1848, a son of Oltas and Alvira Johnson Cole. Proving that odd names would continue in the family, Oltas bestowed the names "Alvinza Baxter" upon his son, the origins of which have been lost to history. Young Alvinza was reared upon a farm in Canton and would attend the Canton Academy. Following his graduation in 1868 he decided upon a career in medicine and commenced study under local physician Dr. Sanford HoagCole continued study at the New York Homeopathic College, from which he graduated in 1879. Upon his return to Canton he purchased the practice of Dr. Hoag and would remain here until 1881, when he removed to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Prior to his removal to Minnesota Cole had married to Effie Westcott (1857-1913) and would later adopt four children: Carl V., Claude, Herbert Phelon (1880-1935) and Ester.
   For the next three decades Alvinza Cole practiced medicine in Fergus Falls and in addition to his profession managed success in the political life of his adopted state. In April 1891 Cole won election as Mayor of Fergus Falls (defeating Alex Van Praag by a "222 majority") and was returned to that office the following year. Cole left the mayor's office in 1893 and in the next year became a candidate for the Minnesota State Senate. Hoping to represent the state's 48th senatorial district (comprising Otter Tail County), Cole ran as a Republican and in November of that year defeated the People's Party candidate Herman L. Burgess by a vote of 2,705 to 2, 480.

Alvinza B. Cole, from the St. Paul Daily Globe, December 19, 1894.

   During his freshman senate term Dr. Cole's chief interest was in "securing an appropriation for improvements" to the insane asylum in his district and also favored a bill for the direct election of U.S. Senators. His term concluded in 1899 and four years later won a second four-year term in the senate, besting Democratic nominee M.J. Daly by a vote of 2,818 to 2,495. During this term Cole chaired the committees on Election and Temperance as well as serving on the committees on Drainage, Education, Hospitals for the Insane, Military Affairs, Printing, Railroads and the State Training School.
   As Cole's second term drew to a close he experienced further political distinction when he was chosen to serve as Chairman of the Minnesota Republican State Committee. In that year Cole's younger brother, Albert L. Cole (1857-1908), became the Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota. During that year's gubernatorial contest Alvinza Cole hit the campaign trail for his brother, visiting Bemidji, Minnesota in May 1906 to try and elicit support from that city's political and business elite. Despite his best efforts Cole and the Republicans failed to wrest the gubernatorial chair from the Democrats, as incumbent Governor John Albert Johnson defeated Albert Cole by a wide margin, 168,480 votes to 96, 162.

Alvinza Cole, from the Minnesota Journal, July 1, 1906.

   Following his brother's gubernatorial loss Alvinza Cole continued in public service, serving two further terms as Mayor of Fergus Falls from 1914-1916. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1916, having been in practice since the late 1870s. Cole had previously served as President of the Minnesota Homeopathic Institute (from which he had retired in 1905) and had been a surgeon during the Spanish-American War, serving with the Fourteenth Minnesota Regiment.
   Two years prior to his death Cole won a seat in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, representing the 50th district. During this term Cole chaired the committee on Public Health and Hospitals and also held seats on the committees on the Board of Control and State Institutions, Labor, Public Utilities, State Parks and the University and State Schools. Dr. Alvinza Baxter Cole died a few months before the completion of his term on June 8, 1924 at age 75. Widowed in 1913, Cole and his wife Effie were both interred at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls.

Alvinza Cole as he appeared in the 1915 "Men of Minnesota."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cephas Benjamin Moomaw (1849-1915)

Portrait from "the History of Roanoke County", published in 1912.

  What isn't funny about a name like Cephas Moomaw? This funny named man was a resident of Virginia for the entirety of his life and was regarded as a leading legal figure in the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, serving as a city solicitor and circuit judge in the latter county. In 1913 Moomaw was elected as Mayor of Roanoke and served in this capacity until his death two years later. 
   One of twelve children born to Joseph and Mary Stover Moomaw, Cephas Benjamin Moomaw was born on October 23, 1849 in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was afforded a fine education in the "private schools" of his native county and on December 24, 1873 married to Sarah Elizabeth Mangus (1850-1926), with whom he had four children: Edith Mae (1874-1953), Annie Lillie (died in infancy in 1883), Hugh Mangus (1885-1959) and Joseph Frank (1894-1941).
   Moomaw began reading law in the early 1880s and after being admitted to the bar in 1882 began a law practice in the Botetourt County town of Fincastle. During his residency here he served as a supervisor and county school board member, and in 1887 relocated to Roanoke, Virginia. Soon after his arrival he launched a law partnership with John W. Woods (1858-1912), whom he would succeed as Mayor upon the latter's death in 1912. This partnership would continue for several years and in 1897 Moomaw entered into the office of Roanoke City Solicitor, serving in that post until 1905. 
   In 1905 Moomaw was appointed by then Virginia Governor Andrew J. Montague to a vacancy on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia. At the expiration of that term Moomaw returned to practicing law, operating the firm of C.B. and H.M. Moomaw with his son Hugh Mangus, who would later become a distinguished attorney in his own right.
   On December 23, 1912 Moomaw's former law partner, Judge John William Woods, died at age 54. Woods had been elected as Mayor of Roanoke in September 1912 and served only three months in office before his death. In February 1913 Cephas Moomaw was elected "by the people" to succeed him, and, like Woods, would serve only a short period of time. Several months prior to his death Moomaw entered into a state of declining health and a day prior to his passing was admitted to a Roanoke hospital, afflicted with gallstones. Moomaw underwent surgery but failed to rally from his illness, dying on October 18, 1915, five days short of his 66th birthday. Following his passing the former mayor was interred at the Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke and was survived by his wife Sarah and three of his children.

Mayor Moomaw, portrait courtesy of

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Silsby Morse Spalding (1886-1949)

Portrait courtesy of Rootsweb and

    Notable for being the first man to serve as Mayor of Beverly Hills, California, the name of Silsby Morse Spalding is also one of the stranger names one will stumble across while perusing a list of mayors of this famed California city. A native of Minnesota, Spalding would permanently relocate to California in the early 20th century and in the succeeding years accumulated a fortune, being an oil company executive, rancher, sporting goods magnate and a developer of the Beverly Hills Speedway.
   The story of this once prominent Beverly Hills figure begins with his birth on May 29, 1886 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, being the son of Salathiel Martin (1839-1906) and Sarah Eglatine Spalding. Silsby Spalding would attend the "common schools" in the city of his birth and later moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he would continue his schooling. He'd go on to study at both the Pomona College at Claremont and Stanford University, and in 1908 entered into the employ of the San Francisco based E.H. Rollins and Sons, "dealers in Municipal and Corporation bonds." He would serve as a manager for that company in Los Angeles and in 1911 married to Caroline Canfield (1890-1970), the daughter of wealthy California industrialist and oilman Charles Canfield (1848-1913). The couple would later have one daughter, Deborah C. Spalding Palissero (1921-2011).
    A veteran of WWI, Spalding would begin his military service at a "Military Training Camp for businessmen" in Monterey, a photograph of which appeared in the Pan American Record published in September 1916 (shown below.) Spalding's service during the First World War saw him serve amongst the ranks of the 362nd Infantry, being the Captain of "Company A."

                                                       Silsby M. Spalding during his military service, ca. 1916.

   Following his military service Spalding returned to California and resumed his activities as a stockbroker. He would take office as a Beverly Hills city trustee in 1919 and also began to branch out into other areas of opportunity, including aviation and oil. Spalding was an early president of the Southern California Aero Club (chartered in 1925) and around this same time entered into the petroleum industry, later becoming an executive with both the Mexican Petroleum Corp. and the Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Company.  The San Bernardino County Courier records Spalding as being the "first developer of tideland oil in the region north of Goleta [California]" and further notes that he had been an associate of Edward Doheny, another California oil millionaire who's name would be linked to the infamous Teapot Dome scandal in the mid 1920s.
    After several years of service as a Beverly Hills trustee, Silsby M. Spalding was elected as the first Mayor of Beverly Hills in 1926. During his term (which extended until 1928) Spalding made headlines across the country when he appointed famed actor and humorist Will Rogers (a longtime Beverly Hills resident) as the "honorary mayor" of the city. In 1926 Spalding purchased the famed Tecolote Ranch property in Santa Barbara and in the succeeding years built it into "one of the most highly developed ranch properties in the country",  having a cash crop of "walnuts and citrus" as well as livestock.
   Silsby Spalding later resided at 1019 Laurel Way in Beverly Hills and died at his home on May 5, 1949, shortly before his 63rd birthday. His wife Caroline survived him by over twenty years, dying in April 1970. Both were interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California. Their daughter Deborah was also interred here following her death in March 2011 at age 89.

Silsby M. Spalding during his later years.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Danina Banani Provost (1852-1914)

Portrait from "The Sunday Oregonian", April 5, 1914.

    The state of Oregon has been sadly underrepresented here on the Strangest Names In American Political History, and that small list of oddly named public figures from the "Beaver State" now grows slightly larger courtesy of the 1904 work entitled "Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon." After a quick perusal through an online copy of this book an outstanding new name discovery was made.....Danina Banani Provost! The obscure man hiding behind this unusual name was a native of Quebec, Canada, who, after migrating to Oregon in the early 1870s, built up a prosperous career in the city of Ashland, working at various times as a butcher, tinsmith, plumber, merchant and farmer. Provost's inclusion here on the site rests on his service as Mayor of Ashland, being elected to that office in December 1902.
   One of four sons born to Benjamin Provost and the former Favi Leonard FavrostDanina Banani Provost's birth occurred in Laprarie, Province of Quebec, Canada on February 26, 1852. His early schooling occurred in the "national schools of Canada" and in 1867 left that country and relocated at Troy, New York. His stay here was short-lived, as he would remove to Savannah, Georgia a few months afterward and in 1870 pulled up stakes once again and settled in California.
   In the fall of 1870 Provost resettled in Oregon, where he would reside for the remainder of his life. Around 1871 he began farming on rented land in the town of Gervais and continued along that route for three years, moving to Yamhill County in 1874. Within a few years of his arrival he had become the proprietor of a successful "meat-business" in the town of Bellevue, whilst also purchasing "eight hundred acres of fine valley land". 
   After selling off his property and possessions in Yamhill County Provost moved to Ashland in 1890 and later became a partner in the hardware firm of Kenney and Provost, being noted in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Western Oregon as being " the finest hardware store in town." In addition to this business Provost made headway in a number of other business ventures in Ashland, learning the trades of tinsmithing and plumbing, and was remarked to have had a
"Mechanical ability of a high order, he is an expert worker with tools and understands the putting together of machinery of all kinds."
  After several years partnered with Mr. Kinney, Provost purchased his partner's interest in their hardware firm and continued to operate it until its sale in 1902. Shortly after its sale he became president and treasurer of the Ashland Iron Works, continuing in that role for several years afterward. A non-office seeker until his fifth decade, Provost first entered political life in 1902 when he received the "Labor Party" nomination for Mayor of Ashland. He would win election to that office in December of that year, besting Prohibition candidate Samuel H. Holt by a " majority of 45."
  Taking office in January 1903, Provost served a term of one year as Mayor and narrowly cheated death in a oil well accident which transpired in the summer of 1903. This accident (which resulted from Provost being struck and knocked unconscious by a cable pulley) was initially feared to be fatal, but the Mayor pulled through and was remarked as having been "none the worse for his dangerous experience."
  Following the conclusion of his term Provost continued in business pursuits, being the owner of the Ashland Brick Yards. His final months were marred by ill health and he died at the home of his nephew Henry on March 31, 1914, just one month after his 62nd birthday. A lifelong bachelor, Provost was survived by his three brothers and was interred at the Ashland Cemetery. Curiously, his gravestone in said cemetery not only misspells his first name as "Domina" but also lists the incorrect year of death, giving it as 1913!

A death notice for ex-Mayor Provost from the Morning Oregonian, April 2, 1914.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hixie Sanders Anglea (1913-1996)

Portrait from the Tennessee General Assembly composite of 1951-52.

   Prominent Nashville, Tennessee resident Hixie Sanders Anglea was for many years a notable fixture Tennessee's capitol city, being a former Vice Mayor of that city, a two term member of the State House of Representatives and member of the Nashville City Council for over twenty years.
  One of five children born to Monroe Lee (1882-1952) and Nellie Hughes Anglea (1889-1962), Hixie Sanders Anglea was born in Lebanon, Tennessee on April 4, 1913.  He would graduate from the law department of Cumberland University in the class of 1935 and shortly thereafter launched a law practice in Nashville, partnering with Jordan Stokes III. Anglea married his first wife Sarah Katherine Todd McBroome on March 23, 1939. The couple would later have two daughters, Sandra Margaret (born 1941) and Sarah Todd (born 1943). Following his first wife's death in 1962 Anglea would remarry to Juanita Sue Broome Simmons (1924-1997), who survived him upon his death in 1996. 
   Prior to his becoming involved in Nashville political life Anglea joined the International Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member for over fifty years. In 1941 he became Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee and fourteen years later ascended to the post of Sovereign Grand Master of the World Independent Order of Odd Fellows, holding that post from 1955-56.

H. Sanders Anglea, from the 1933 Cumberland University "Phoenix".

   In November 1948 Anglea was elected to the Tennessee State House of Representatives, representing that state's 15th floterial district (comprising Davidson and Wilson county). Taking his seat at the start of the 1949-51 session, Anglea would serve on the following house committees: Corporations, Education and Common Schools, Immigration, Insurance and Loans, Judiciary, Pensions, Public Roads, Railroads and Retrenchment. Anglea would also chair the committee on Public Health and Sanitation during his first term. Reelected as representative in 1950, Anglea's second term saw him sit on two new house committees, including Code Revision and Criminal Revision, and he continued service on the Judiciary committee. 
   Prior to leaving the legislature Anglea had been elected as Vice Mayor of Nashville in 1951 and held that office until 1963. His time in public service wasn't just limited to Tennessee however, and in the early 1950s was selected by President Eisenhower to serve as Chairman of the Fraternal Organizations committee of the Presidential People-To-People program, developed in connection with the U.S. Information Agency. His service with this program continued until about 1958, and his time as chairman also brought him into contact with another oddly named political figure, one Genoa Sebastian Washington (a former Illinois state representative profiled here back in February), who served as the program's finance committee chairman. 

From Jet Magazine, August 28, 1958.

     After concluding his service with the People-to-People program Anglea would serve a brief stint as Public Defender for the city of Nashville in 1963 and in 1966 was elected as Metro councilman-at-large for the Nashville-Davidson County area, where he would remain until 1987. H. Sanders Anglea died in Nashville on November 26, 1996 at age 83. He was later interred at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, and his memory and public service to that city continued on in the scholarship fund bearing his name, established shortly after his death.

Portrait from the Richland West End Neighborhood newsletter, 2014.