Alexander O. Anderson

Alexander Outlaw Anderson ( born November 10, 1794 Jefferson County, Tennessee, † May 23, 1869 in Knoxville, Tennessee ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party, who represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.


Alexander Anderson was the son of Joseph Anderson, who for Tennessee belonged to the Senate from 1797 to 1815. He was born on the family estate "Soldier 's Rest ". As a teenager, he graduated from Washington College in Greeneville, before he fought as a volunteer in the British -American War. Among other things, he was among the troops of Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.

In 1814 he was admitted to the bar and began to practice as a lawyer in Dandridge. He later moved to Knoxville and worked from 1836 for the country office in Alabama. In 1838 he was involved in the relocation of the Indians in Alabama and Florida.

Public offices

After forced by Governor James K. Polk resignation of U.S. Senator Hugh Lawson White, a Whig, chose the state Legislature of Tennessee Alexander Anderson as his successor. He remained on 26 February 1840 to the March 3, 1841 in the Senate. A re-election has not been possible because an influential group of Democrats in the Parliament of Tennessee, known as the Immortal Thirteen, participation in the election refused, so the vote was not valid without it. Reason was that they preferred it, preferring to send no representatives of their state to Washington as a member of the Whig party.

For professional reasons threaded Anderson 1849 center of his life in California. He was 1850-1851 deputy in the State Senate, and from 1851 to 1853 Judge of the Supreme Court of California, before returning to Tennessee. Later he worked as a lawyer in Washington and Alabama.