John Anderson (Maine politician)

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John Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byStephen Longfellow
Succeeded byF.O.J. Smith
Personal details
Born(1792-07-30)July 30, 1792
Windham, Maine, U.S.
DiedAugust 21, 1853(1853-08-21) (aged 61)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Resting placeTown Cemetery, Windham, Maine, U.S.
Political partyJacksonian Democrat

John Anderson (July 30, 1792–August 21, 1853) was an American politician from Maine.[1] Anderson served as United States Representative from Maine from 1825-1833.[2]


Anderson was born in Windham on July 30, 1792. He attended the common schools[3] and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Portland.

He was elected a member of the Maine Senate and was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833). He was chair of the Committee on Elections (Twentieth Congress), and chair of the Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-second Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1832.

He was elected Mayor of Portland 1833-1836 and again in 1842 by 75 votes[4]. He was appointed Maine United States Attorney 1833-1836. He was appointed collector of customs for the Port of Portland 1837-1841 and 1843-1848. He resumed the practice of law after his appointments were finished.

Anderson, corresponded with President James K. Polk with whom he had served in Congress and invited him to Maine during his presidency.[5]


Anderson died in Portland August 21, 1853. He is buried in Town Cemetery in Windham, Maine.


  • United States Congress. "John Anderson (id: A000193)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephen Longfellow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1833
Succeeded by
Francis Smith