John Emory Andrus

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John Emory Andrus
John E. Andrus.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byNorton P. Otis
Succeeded byWalter M. Chandler
22nd Mayor of Yonkers
In office
Personal details
Born(1841-02-16)February 16, 1841
Pleasantville, New York
DiedDecember 26, 1934(1934-12-26) (aged 93)
Yonkers, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julia M. Dyckman Andrus
ChildrenMary Dyckman May Andrus

William Loyal Andrus

Edith Jefferson Andrus

Margaret Palmer Andrus

Jesamine Andrus

John Emory Andrus

Hamlin Foster Andrus

Ida Bourne Andrus

Helen Whittier Andrus
Alma materWesleyan University

John Emory Andrus (February 16, 1841 – December 26, 1934) was mayor of Yonkers, New York, a U.S. Congressman from New York, and founder of the SURDNA Foundation.


Born in Pleasantville, New York, Andrus was the son of Methodist Minister, Loyal B. Andrus and Ann (Palmer) Andrus. He attended Charlotteville Seminary in Schoharie County, New York and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1862. He married Julia Maria Dyckman on June 23, 1869. They had nine children, Mary, William, Edith, Margaret, Jesamine, John, Hamlin, Ida, and Helen.[1]


The mausoleum of John Andrus

Andrus taught school in New Jersey for four years and then pursued his talents as an investor and businessman. His primary operating business, the Arlington Chemical Company, manufactured typical medicines of the late 1800s and distributed them worldwide. He was an investor in railroads and utilities, as well as real estate, mining claims, and the Standard Oil Company. He was director of the New York Life Insurance Company.

Andrus' extraordinary skills, however, lay in finding and purchasing undervalued assets, usually in partnership with a knowledgeable operator. His holdings included several buildings and land in Minneapolis, Minnesota, large timber tracts in California, mineral-rich acres in New Mexico as well as significant land holdings in Florida, New Jersey and Alaska. He served as president of the New York Pharmaceutical Association, and of the Palisade Manufacturing Co. of Yonkers, Westchester County. He was elected mayor of Yonkers in 1903.[2]

In 1904, Andrus was elected as the representative of New York's 19th congressional district as a Republican to the 59th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1913.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1912, and resumed his former business pursuits in Yonkers, New York until his death. He was active as a lay leader of the Methodist Church and held a long-term post as a trustee of Wesleyan University. An early sound interview of Andrus exists,[4] recorded on February 27, 1930, in which he's asked about his health, opinion on the recent Wall Street Crash of 1929, and thoughts on aging.


Andrus died of pneumonia in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, on December 26, 1934 (age 93 years, 313 days). He is interred in a private Corinthian mausoleum at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.[5]


  1. ^ "John E. Andrus". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  2. ^ "John E. Andrus". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ "John E. Andrus". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  4. ^ "1930 - Interview with 89-year-old John Emory Andrus in Yonkers, NY". Guy Jones. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  5. ^ "John E. Andrus". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

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External video
video icon Interview with 89-year-old John Emory Andrus in Yonkers, NY, 1930, via USC Moving Image Research Collections

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Norton P. Otis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by
Walter M. Chandler

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website