George Washington Anderson

George Washington Anderson ( May 22nd 1832, Jefferson County, Tennessee, † February 26, 1902 in Rhea Springs, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1865 and 1869 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Anderson attended the common schools and Franklin College. In 1853 he moved to St. Louis in Missouri. After a subsequent law degree in 1854 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Pike County in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In the years 1859 and 1860 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Missouri. In 1862 he also belonged to the State Senate. During the Civil War, Anderson served for a time in various positions in the army of the Union. At the end of his military service in December 1864, he had brought it to the Colonel.

In the congressional elections of 1864 Anderson was the ninth constituency of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James S. Rollins on March 4, 1865. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1869 two legislative sessions. These were overshadowed by the tensions between his party and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment proceedings against the president. In the years 1865 and 1868 the 13th and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. During his time as a Congressman Anderson was chairman of the Committee on Mileage.

In 1868 he gave up another candidacy. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. George Anderson died on February 26, 1902 during a visit to his brother in Tennessee.