Sen. Alexander O. Anderson (D-TN)

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Alexander Outlaw Anderson

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States
Death: May 23, 1869 (74)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sen. Joseph Anderson (DemRep-TN) and Only Patience Anderson
Husband of Eliza Rosa Anderson
Father of Margaret Frances Stuart; Frances Von Albade McMilan; David Deaderick Anderson and Adelia Isadore Scott

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About Sen. Alexander O. Anderson (D-TN)

Alexander Outlaw Anderson (November 10, 1794 – May 23, 1869) was an American attorney who represented Tennessee in the United States Senate, and later served in the California State Senate, and on the California Supreme Court.


The son of longtime U.S. Senator Joseph Anderson, he was born at his father's home, "Soldier's Rest", in Jefferson County (now Hamblen County), Tennessee.

As a youth he graduated from Washington College in Greeneville, Tennessee. He volunteered for service in the War of 1812 and fought under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Later that year he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Dandridge, Tennessee. Afterwards he moved to Knoxville, and then served as the superintendent of the United States Land Office in Alabama in 1836. He was an agent in the Indian removals of 1838 for Alabama and Florida.

He was elected to the United States Senate by the Tennessee General Assembly to the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Hugh Lawson White, a member of the Whig party whose resignation was orchestrated by Governor James K. Polk so that a Democratic senator could be appointed. Anderson served in that body from February 26, 1840, to March 4, 1841, when the term expired. Anderson did not stand for reelection to the seat; it was to remain vacant for a period when a group of Tennessee Democratic legislators called the "Immortal Thirteen" refused to meet and give a qurorum sufficient to allow the election of a successor, apparently preferring no representation to that by a member of the other party, the Whigs.

Anderson was a leader of an overland company going to California in 1849. He served in the California State Senate in 1850 and 1851, and then as a judge on the California Supreme Court from 1851 to 1853 before returning to Tennessee. He later practiced law in Washington, D.C., appearing before both the Court of Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States. During the American Civil War he returned to Alabama, practicing law in Mobile and Camden. Again returning to Tennessee, he died in Knoxville on May 23, 1869, and is buried in the Old Gray Cemetery.

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Sen. Alexander O. Anderson (D-TN)'s Timeline

November 10, 1794
Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States
Age 33
Age 36
Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, United States
Age 43
Jonesborough, Washington, Tennessee
Age 45
Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee
May 23, 1869
Age 74
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States