Hemingway, Anson (1844-1926) | Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
Name: Hemingway, Anson (1844-1926)
Historical Note: Anson Tyler Hemingway, the son of Allen Hemingway and Harriet Louisa Tyler, was born in East Plymouth, Connecticut in 1844. The family came to Chicago in 1854. During the Civil War, Anson enlisted in the Army as a private with the 72nd Illinois Regiment. Near the end of the war, he re-enlisted in Company H, US Colored 70th Regiment as 1st Lieutenant. He also served as provost martial of the Freedman's Bureau in Natchez. After his time in the military, Anson attended Wheaton College. After two years of study, Anson, a friend and admirer of Dwight L. Moody, went on to serve as general secretary of the Chicago YMCA for ten years before establishing a real estate business in Oak Park, Illinois. Anson married fellow Wheaton student Adelaide Edmonds, who graduated in 1867. Together they had four sons and two daughters. An avid outdoorsman, Anson gave his grandson Ernest a special tenth birthday present of a 20-gauge shotgun. Anson Hemingway passed away in 1926 at the age of eighty-two.