John Anderson (Maine politician)

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]

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, Massachusetts, U.S. (now Maine)
DiedAugust 21, 1853(1853-08-21) (aged 61)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Resting placeTown Cemetery, Windham, Maine, U.S.
Political partyJacksonian Democrat


Anderson was born in Windham, Massachusetts (now in Maine) 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.[3]

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.
  1. ^ "John Anderson, Portland, ca. 1850". Maine Memory Network. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Representatives From Maine, 1821-". Maine State Legislature. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Soldier, Kay (February 13, 2015). "It Happened in Windham: Anyone famous from Windham?". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Chronicle". Niles' Weekly Register. 1842. p. 112.
  5. ^ Polk, James Knox; Weaver, Herbert (1969). Correspondence of James K. Polk: 1835–1836. ISBN 9780826512017.
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