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Hugh J. Anderson

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Hugh Johnston Anderson May 10, 1801 – May 31, 1881 was member of the United States Congress from Maine and served as the 20th Governor of Maine


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Hugh J Anderson was born in Wiscasset in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts on May 10, 1801 He attended the local schools, moved to Belfast, Maine in 1815, and was employed as a clerk in his uncle's mercantile

Anderson was clerk of the Waldo County courts from 1824 to 1836 He studied law, attained admission to the bar, and practiced as an attorney

A Democrat, Anderson was elected to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1837 to March 3, 1841 He was not a candidate for reelection to the Twenty-seventh Congress in 1840

From 1844 to 1847 Anderson was the Governor of Maine He was a candidate for US Senator in 1847 but subsequently withdrew

After leaving the governorship, Anderson resumed practicing law He served as commissioner of customs in the United States Treasury Department from 1853 to 1858

In 1857 Anderson was appointed head of the commission to review operations of and reorganize the United States Mint at San Francisco in 1857 From 1866 to 1869 he was Sixth Auditor of the Treasury

Anderson retired from public life in 1880 and settled in Portland, Maine, where he died in 1881 Interment was in Belfast, Maine's Grove Cemetery1


Anderson was married to Martha J Dummer 1807-1881 Their children included John F Anderson, an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War who attained the rank of brigadier general by brevet


  1. ^ Hugh J Anderson at Find a Grave

External linksedit

  • United States Congress "Hugh J Anderson id: A000190" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • Hugh J Anderson at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
John W Dana
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
John W Dana
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Leonard Jarvis, Jr
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Maine's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841
Succeeded by
Alfred Marshall

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