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John Anderson (Maine politician)

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John Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byStephen Longfellow
Succeeded byF.O.J. Smith
Personal details
Born(1792-07-30)July 30, 1792
Windham, Massachusetts, U.S. (now Maine)
DiedAugust 21, 1853(1853-08-21) (aged 61)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Resting placeTown Cemetery, Windham, Maine, U.S.
Political partyJacksonian Democrat

John Anderson (July 30, 1792 – August 21, 1853) was an American politician from Maine.[1] Anderson served as United States Representative from Maine from 1825–1833.[2]

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Anderson was born in Windham, Massachusetts (now in Maine) on July 30, 1792. He attended the common schools[3] and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1816, and commenced practice in Portland.[3]

He was elected a member of the Maine Senate and was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833). He was chair of the Committee on Elections (Twentieth Congress), and chair of the Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-second Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1832.

He was elected Mayor of Portland 1833 – 1836 and again in 1842 by 75 votes.[4] He was appointed Maine United States Attorney 1833 – 1836. He was appointed collector of customs for the Port of Portland 1837 – 1841 and 1843 – 1848. He resumed the practice of law after his appointments were finished.

Anderson corresponded with President [[James K. Polk],] with whom he had served in Congress, and invited him to Maine during his presidency.[5]


Anderson died in Portland August 21, 1853. He is buried in Town Cemetery in Windham, Maine.


  • United States Congress. "John Anderson (id: A000193)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "John Anderson, Portland, ca. 1850". Maine Memory Network. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Representatives From Maine, 1821-". Maine State Legislature. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Soldier, Kay (February 13, 2015). "It Happened in Windham: Anyone famous from Windham?". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Chronicle". Niles' Weekly Register. 1842. p. 112.
  5. ^ Polk, James Knox; Weaver, Herbert (1969). Correspondence of James K. Polk: 1835–1836. ISBN 9780826512017.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephen Longfellow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833
Succeeded by
Francis Smith
This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 21:03
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