Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1888
Thomas Corwin Anderson, one of the most noted short-horn cattle breeders of the United States, was born August 24, 1845, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, at ‘Side View’ farm, where he now lives, on the turnpike between Paris and Mt. Sterling, and which is one of the most beautiful tracts of land in the Blue Grass region. He is the only child of John Jay and Margaret (Mitchell) Anderson, both of pioneer families of Kentucky. His grandfathers were Captains in the War of 1812, and his great-grandfather Anderson a conspicuous officer in the war of the Revolution. Between fourteen and fifteen years of age the subject of our sketch enlisted in the Federal army, where, by his youthful acts of bravery, quick intelligence, and manly deportment, he soon won the admiration and esteem of officers and men. He attracted the attention of General Nelson, who suggested that he should receive a military education. This meeting the approval of his family, he was recommended to the U.S. Naval Academy, and received the appointment through Colonel William H. Wadsworth, Representative in Congress from his district. he remained at the academy some three years, but, preferring an independent life on a farm to that on the ocean wave, he gave it up, and finished his education at Yale College. October 12, 1870, he was married to Miss Annie English, of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of Colonel Sam S. English, a prominent lawyer of that city. He has two children, handsome, intelligent boys: English and Jay; the fifth generation who have occupied this farm. From early childhood Mr. Anderson has been a sufferer from weak lungs, yet he is a man of great energy and nerve. He is thoroughly informed in regard to his business, and having a library well supplied with herd books, Short-horn histories, etc., no one is better posted in knowledge of pedigrees. He is very fond of reading, and is a man of varied information. He is pleasing in manner, exceedingly hospitable, and has many friends. Mr. Anderson owns the largest individual herd of Short-horn cattle in the United States.