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ANDERSON, Samuel

1773–1850

Biography

ANDERSON, Samuel, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pa., in 1773; completed preparatory studies; studied medicine; was admitted to practice in 1796; entered the United States Navy as assistant surgeon in 1799; promoted to the rank of surgeon in 1800; resigned his commission and in 1801 settled in Chester, Pa., where he practiced his profession; during the War of 1812, raised a body of volunteers known as the Mifflin Guards; commissioned captain on September 10, 1814; served in the Pennsylvania Militia and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the One Hundredth Regiment, Second Brigade, Third Division, on August 3, 1821; member of the State house of representatives 1815-1818 and 1823-1825; sheriff of Delaware County 1819-1823; again entered the naval service in 1823 as special physician but was soon forced to resign because of ill health; elected as an Adams to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1829); again a member of the State house of representatives 1829-1835 and served as speaker in 1833; appointed inspector of customs in 1841; elected justice of the peace in 1846 and served until his death in Chester, Chester County, Pa., January 17, 1850; interment in Middletown Presbyterian Cemetery, near Media, Delaware County, Pa.

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Order-books, 1775-1861, 42 volumes. Thomas Cadwalader and S. Anderson of Camp Dupont are represented, 1814.
Papers: Orderly book, 1814-1815, 1 volume. Adjutants' orderly book, 31 August 1814-3 January 1815, probably of the 4th Military District with headquarters at Camp Du Pont. Contains regimental, battalion, brigade and general orders with daily officer assignments, lists of guard and regimental police details and descriptions of general court martials. S. Anderson is mentioned.
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