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Richard Clough ANDERSON, Jr.

(1788-1826)

ANDERSON, Richard Clough, Jr., a Representative from Kentucky; born at ‘Soldiers’ Retreat,’ near Louisville, Ky., August 4, 1788; attended private schools; was graduated from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1804; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Louisville; member of the State house of representatives in 1815; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Sixteenth Congress); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1820; again a member of the State house of representatives, in 1821 and 1822, serving as speaker the latter year; appointed the first United States Minister to the Republic of Colombia January 27, 1823; took his leave June 7, 1823, having been commissioned Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Panama Congress of Nations, but died, en route to his post, in Turbaco, near Cartagena, Colombia, July 24, 1826; interment at ‘Soldiers’ Retreat,’ near Louisville, Ky.

Bibliography

Rubenstein, Asa L. “Richard Clough Anderson, Nathaniel Massie, and the Impact of Government on Western Land Speculation and Settlement, 1774-1830.” Ph.D. diss., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1986.

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

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