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Samuel ANDERSON

(1773-1850)

ANDERSON, Samuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pa., in 1773; completed preparatory studies; studied medicine; was admitted to practice in 1796; entered the United States Navy as assistant surgeon in 1799; promoted to the rank of surgeon in 1800; resigned his commission and in 1801 settled in Chester, Pa., where he practiced his profession; during the War of 1812, raised a body of volunteers known as the Mifflin Guards; commissioned captain on September 10, 1814; served in the Pennsylvania Militia and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the One Hundredth Regiment, Second Brigade, Third Division, on August 3, 1821; member of the State house of representatives 1815-1818 and 1823-1825; sheriff of Delaware County 1819-1823; again entered the naval service in 1823 as special physician but was soon forced to resign because of ill health; elected as an Adams to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1829); again a member of the State house of representatives 1829-1835 and served as speaker in 1833; appointed inspector of customs in 1841; elected justice of the peace in 1846 and served until his death in Chester, Chester County, Pa., January 17, 1850; interment in Middletown Presbyterian Cemetery, near Media, Delaware County, Pa.

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

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