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William Anderson (1762 – December 16, 1829) was an American politician who served as a Democratic-Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district from 1809 to 1815 and from 1817 to 1819.

William Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
In office
Personal details
Accomack County, Virginia
DiedDecember 16, 1829 (aged 67)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Major William Anderson gravestone in Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church burial ground in Chester, Pennsylvania


Early life and military serviceEdit

William Anderson was born in Accomack County, Virginia, in 1762. During the Revolutionary War, he joined the Continental Army at the age of fifteen and served until the end of the war. He was a major on the staff of General Lafayette and distinguished himself at Germantown and Yorktown.

He was married to Elizabeth Dixon. In 1796, Anderson became engaged in the hotel business through the purchase of the Columbia House in Chester, Pennsylvania.[1]

Political careerEdit

He served as Delaware County auditor in 1804 and county director of the poor in 1805.[2] He was a Jeffersonian democrat and held many public offices.

Anderson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Congresses. He was elected to the Fifteenth Congress. He was appointed an associate judge of the county court on January 5, 1826, and resigned in 1828 to become an inspector of customs in Philadelphia. He served until his death in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1829. Interment in Old St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.[3][4]


  1. ^ Martin, John Hill (1877). Chester (and its Vicinity,) Delaware County, in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Wm. H. Pile & Sons. pp. 254–255. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Ashmead, Henry Graham (1883). Historical Sketch of Chester, on Delaware. Chester, PA: Republican Steam Printing House. p. 89. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ Martin, John Hill (1877). Chester (and its Vicinity,) Delaware County, in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Wm. H. Pile & Sons. p. 85. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ "William Anderson". Retrieved 28 April 2019.