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George Washington ANDERSON

(1832-1902)

ANDERSON, George Washington, a Representative from Missouri; born in Jefferson County, Tenn., May 22, 1832; attended the public schools; was graduated from Franklin College, Tennessee; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Louisiana, Pike County, Mo., in 1854 and began the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1859 and 1860; served in the State senate in 1862; during the Civil War was captain of Company A, Pike County (Missouri), Home Guards from June 12 to July 17, 1861, when he was elected colonel of the regiment, and served until the organization was disbanded on September 3, 1861; colonel of the Forty-ninth Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia, from August 13, 1862, to January 25, 1863, and from September 29 to December 1, 1864; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of law; died while on a visit to his brother at Rhea Springs, Tenn., February 26, 1902; interment in Leuty Cemetery, near Rhea Springs.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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