Representative Andrew Addie View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/17/1931
Birth Place: Fife, Scotland
Birth Country: United Kingdom
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 23 (1890) - 24 (1892)
Home County: Fayette
Andrew Addie
Fayette County
An early settler of the county, now engaged in general farming on section 13, Scott Township, was born in Fife, Scotland, on the 19th of October, 1839, and is a son of John amid Margaret (Barlass) Addie. His father, who was born and reared in Fife, gave his attention to farming, and in 1844, with his wife and seven children, crossed the Atlantic to America, locating in Rock County, Wisconsin. The hardships and difficulties incident to the opening up of a new farm on the frontier are not unknown to our subject who underwent such an experience during the days of his boyhood and youth. He remained at home until 1864, when he enlisted in Company I, Thirty-Eighth Wisconsin Infantry for the late war, participating in the battles of Hatchies Run, Weldon Railroad, Reeves Station and Fort Stedman. He was in the trenches before Petersburg all through the winter and just prior to the close of the war, took part in the charge on Fort Mahone, on the 2d of April, 1865. With his company he marched in the Grand Review at Washington where he was discharged soon afterward. Returning home, Mr. Addie remained in Wisconsin until September, 1865, when he came to Iowa, locating on his present farm in Fayette County. Previous to his removal here, he had bought eighty acres to which he has since added by subsequent purchase until he now owns two hundred and eighty acres of fine farming land, highly cultivated and improved. Socially he is a member of the Grand Army Post of Brush Creek and of the United Workmen lodge of that place. In politics he is a Democrat. Out of his entire company he was the only one that cast a vote for McClellan during the war, and since that time he has supported the Democracy with the exception of one campaign when he voted for Weaver and Butler. He has held a number of minor offices and in 1879 and 1880 was elected County Clerk on a combined Democratic and Greenback ticket. While serving in that capacity he made his home in West Union. In 1883 he was nominated for Representative on the Democratic ticket and was defeated, but in 1889 was elected to that position on the Democratic ticket. He served during the deadlock and did effective work on a number of important committees, including those of appropriations and claims, retrenchment and reform, insane asylums, banks and banking and enrolled bills and others. He supported the measures of his party and won the commendation of his constituents and friends. On the 23d of October, 1861, in Rock County, Wisconsin, Mr. Addie was united in marriage with Miss Emily Goodman, a native of England. Mr. Addle is a representative citizen, public spirited and progressive and is widely known throughout the county. The honor conferred upon him by his election to the Legislature was justly merited, as his capable and efficient manner of discharging his duties indicated.