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ANDERSON, William, soldier, born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1763: died there 14 December 1829. He fought through the revolutionary war, served at the battle of Brandywine on the staff of General Lafayette as colonel, and was present at Valley Forge, Germantown, and Yorktown. He was a Jeffersonian democrat and held many public offices. From 1809 to 1815 he sat in congress, and again in 1817-'19. He was subsequently county court judge in Delaware County, and after that a collector of customs. His daughter Evelina, who became the wife of Commodore Porter, was author of the popular song "Thou hast wounded the Spirit that loved Thee."
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