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John CHANDLER

(1762-1841)
Senate Years of Service:
1820-1829
Party:
Democratic Republican; Crawford Republican; Jacksonian

CHANDLER, John, (brother of Thomas Chandler and uncle of Zachariah Chandler), a Representative from Massachusetts and a Senator from Maine; born in Epping, N.H., February 1, 1762; self-educated; served in the Revolutionary War; moved to the Maine district of Massachusetts and settled on a farm near Monmouth; member, Massachusetts senate 1803-1805; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809); was not a candidate for renomination in 1808; appointed sheriff of Kennebec County the same year; during the War of 1812 served in the Maine Militia 1812-1815, attained the rank of brigadier general; member of the Massachusetts General Court in 1819; first president of the Maine senate; member of the Maine constitutional convention 1819-1820; upon the admission of Maine as a State into the Union was elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate in 1820; reelected in 1823 as a Crawford Republican (later Jacksonian), and served from June 14, 1820, to March 3, 1829; was not a candidate for renomination; chairman, Committee on Militia (Eighteenth through Twentieth Congresses); collector of customs at Portland 1829-1837; died in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, September 25, 1841; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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