Manuscript Collection

John Gary Anderson Biography - Accession 1365 - M681 (736)

John Gary Anderson Biography - Accession 1365 - M681 (736)



Accession 1365 - M681 (736)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

225 pieces



Historical Note

John Gary Anderson (1861-1937) founded the Rock Hill Buggy Company and was the president of the Anderson Motor Company in Rock Hill, SC. He was also one of the key figures in the early development of Rock Hill. He helped in the founding of the Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce serving as it's first president, is credited with creating the Rock Hill Telephone Company and helping come up with the "Rock Hill Plan" for the reduction of the production of cotton. Mr. Anderson was a member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees from 1920 to 1937.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a photocopy of a thesis titled, The Struggle to Succeed, John Gary Anderson and the Problems of a New South Industrialist by Craig S. Pascoe which was submitted to the faculty of the University of north Carolina at Charlotte in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of History in Charlotte, NC in 1992. This thesis details the history of the Rock Hill Buggy Company and the Anderson Motor Company, as well as a biography of founder, John Gary Anderson (1861-1937) of Rock Hill, SC. The abstract written by the author, Craig S. Pascoe, states his thesis: “Examines the efforts of John Gary Anderson to develop alternative forms of manufacturing in the South. Describes how Anderson built a successful buggy factory and how he converted his operations to manufacturing automobiles in 1916. Explores his efforts to change people’s perception of the South as a backward region. Concludes that the success of manufacturing in the South was hampered by negative attitudes of both Northern and Southern concerns.”

Additional Notes

This thesis is cataloged and the online record can be accessed here (link).


John Gary Anderson Papers were given to the Archives by Craig S. Pascoe on November 6, 2009.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

John Gary Anderson Biography - Accession 1365 - M681 (736)

LC Subject Headings

Anderson, John Gary, 1861-1937; Anderson Motor Company (Rock Hill, S.C.)--History; Rock Hill Buggy Company (Rock Hill, S.C.)--History; Automobile industry and trade--Southern States--Public opinion; Industrialists--Attitudes; Automobile industry and trade--South Carolina--Rock Hill--Case studies