Lucien Anderson

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Lucien Anderson[a]
Lucien Anderson (Kentucky Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by Samuel L. Casey
Succeeded by Lawrence S. Trimble
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1824-06-23)June 23, 1824
Fleming County, Kentucky
Died October 18, 1898(1898-10-18) (aged 74)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Resting place Anderson family cemetery
Political party Whig Party
Unconditional Unionist
Republican Party
Profession Lawyer
State legislator

Lucien Anderson (June 23, 1824 – October 18, 1898) was a United States Representative from Kentucky.


Anderson was born near Mayfield, Kentucky.[1] He attended the public schools and studied law.[2] In 1845, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Mayfield.[3] He served in local office including Graves County Attorney.[4]

Anderson served as a Presidential Elector on the Whig ticket of Winfield Scott and William A. Graham in 1852.[5] He served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1855 to 1857[6]

He was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1864. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864.[7]

After leaving Congress, Anderson resumed the practice of law. Near the end of his life he was judged to be of unsound mind as the result of his age and ill health, and a trustee was appointed to manage his affairs.[8] He died in Mayfield, Kentucky, on October 17, 1898[9] and was buried in the Anderson family cemetery.[10]

Anderson is the subject of a biography, 2016's Unconditional Unionist: The Hazardous Life of Lucian Anderson, Kentucky Congressman, by Berry Craig and Dieter C. Ullrich.[11]


  1. ^ Kleber, John E. (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8131-1772-0. 
  2. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia
  3. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia
  4. ^ The Kentucky Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Wilson, C. Y. (1891). Historical Notes and Statistics of Kentucky. Frankfort, KY: E. Polk Johnson. p. 16. 
  6. ^ Journal of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Frankfort, KY: A. G. Hodges. 1856. p. 4. 
  7. ^ Murphy, D. F. (1864). Proceedings of the National Union Convention. New York, NY: Baker & Godwin. p. 92. 
  8. ^ "Adjudged a Lunatic: Col. Lucien Anderson Loses His Mind Because of Old Age and Ill health". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. September 3, 1898. p. 7. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Prominent Man: Death at Mayfield Yesterday Afternoon of Col. Lucien Anderson". Paducah Evening Sun. Paducah, KY. October 19, 1898. p. 1. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Lucien Anderson at Find a Grave
  11. ^ Craig, Berry; Ullrich, Dieter C. (2016). Unconditional Unionist: The Hazardous Life of Lucian Anderson, Kentucky Congressman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. Title page. ISBN 978-1-4766-6369-2. 


  • Hood, James Larry. "For the Union: Kentucky's Unconditional Unionist Congressmen and the Development of the Republican Party in Kentucky, 1863-1865." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 76 (July 1978): 197-215.

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  1. ^ Anderson's first name is spelled "Lucian" on his gravestone, as indicated in the photo on his Find A Grave memorial. Other sources, including his official Congressional biography, spell it "Lucien".
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel L. Casey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Succeeded by
Lawrence S. Trimble