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CHANDLER, John

CHANDLER, John
Library of Congress
1762–1841

Biography

CHANDLER, John, (brother of Thomas Chandler, 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; served as a brigadier general in the Massachusetts Militia 1803-1815, and during the War of 1812, attained the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army; 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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 3 items.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1824. 1 item. Notice signed by 10 members of Congress.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: Miscellaneous personal and political letters, including his autobiography.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: 71 letters (1808-1827) chiefly in Vaughan family papers; and manuscript copy of autobiography.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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