Thomas Oakley Anderson

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Thomas Oakley Anderson (July 3, 1783 – April 11, 1844) was an American naval officer, involved in the raiding party, led by Stephen Decatur on February 16, 1804, to destroy the U.S. frigate Philadelphia which ran aground in Tripoli harbor during the First Barbary War.[1]


Born in Sussex Court House (now Newton), in Sussex County, New Jersey, Anderson was the son of Colonel Thomas Anderson, Esq. (1743–1805), an attorney and quartermaster in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Anderson died on April 11, 1844 in Newton, New Jersey and is buried in the Old Newton Cemetery, off U.S. Route 206. His tombstone reads:

In Memory of Thomas Oakley Anderson who was born in this town on July, 3, 1783
and died April, 14, 1844. He was formerly an officer in the Navy and engaged with
Com. Decator in his daring achievement of the capture and destruction of the
frigate "Philadelphia" in the harbor of Tripoli in 1804.[2]


  1. ^ "Letter from Stephen Decatur, Jr. to Commodore Edward Preble". Annals of Congress, 8th Congress, 2nd Session: 1637–1639. 17 February 1804. 
  2. ^ Old Newton burial ground, Sussex, New Jersey Accessed 14 August 2006.
  • Thomas Oakley Anderson Papers, 1800-1873 in the Collection of the New Jersey Historical Society (Newark, New Jersey).