ANDERSON, William, (1762 - 1829)


ANDERSON, William, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Virginia in 1762; attended the common schools; during the Revolutionary War joined the Continental Army at the age of fifteen and served until the end of the war; was a major on the staff of General Lafayette and distinguished himself at Germantown and Yorktown; engaged in the hotel business as landlord of the Columbia House, Chester, Pa., in 1796; county auditor in 1804; county director of the poor in 1805; elected as a Republican to the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1815); elected to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); appointed an associate judge of the county court on January 5, 1826; resigned in 1828 to become an inspector of customs in Philadelphia and served until his death in Chester, Pa., December 16, 1829; interment in Old St. Paul’s Cemetery.