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Frank W. Anderson (1) [1919–2008]

This page covers the author of Old Bill Miner: Last of the Famous Western Bandits.

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Along with the likes of Art Downs, Bill Barlee, David Hancock and Garnet Basque, Frank W. Anderson pioneered the viability of unintimidating, populist history titles about frontier life in British Columbia although he himself was never primarily a British Columbian.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1919, Frank W. Anderson has one of the most remarkable life stories of any Western Canadian historian. Orphaned at 18 months, he grew up in foster homes, reform schools and jails. At age 16, he was convicted of killing a prison guard and was sentenced to death. This was commuted to life and he spent the next 15 years in a penitentiary. There he completed his high school education and became the first prisoner in Canada to take University courses behind bars.

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