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John ANDERSON

(1792-1853)

ANDERSON, John, a Representative from Maine; born in Windham, Maine, July 30, 1792; attended the common schools; was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1813; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Portland, Maine; member of the State senate in 1823; elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on Elections (Twentieth Congress), Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; mayor of Portland 1833-1836 and again in 1842; United States attorney for the district of Maine 1833-1836; collector of customs for the port of Portland 1837-1841 and 1843-1848; resumed the practice of law; died in Portland, Maine, August 21, 1853; interment in Town Cemetery (then a part of the farm of his ancestors) on River Road, Windham, Maine.

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

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