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ANDERSON, Joseph, statesman, born near Philadelphia, 5 November 1757; died in Washington. District of Columbia, 17 April 1837. He studied law, and at the beginning of the revolution was appointed an ensign in the New Jersey line. At the battle of Monmouth he served as a captain. He was with Sullivan in the expedition against the Iroquois, and was present at Valley Forge and at the siege of Yorktown, retiring after the war with the brevet rank of major. He began the practice of law in Delaware. Washington appointed him in 1791 territorial judge of the region south of the Ohio River, and he took part in drawing up the constitution of Tennessee. He was United States senator from that state from 1797 to 1815, serving on important committees and twice acting as president pro tempore. He was first comptroller of the treasury from 1815 till 1836.
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