Sir John Anderson, 1st Baronet, of Mill Hill

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Sir John William Anderson, 1st Baronet (ca. 1736 – 21 May 1813) was a British politician.

Born in Danzig, he was the son of William Anderson and Lucy Sheldon. Anderson was an alderman of Aldersgate between 1789 and 1813 and Sheriff of London between 1791 and 1792. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for London from 1793 to 1806. Between 1797 and 1798, Anderson was Lord Mayor of London. On 14 May 1798, he was made a baronet, of Mill Hill, Hendon, in the County of Middlesex.[1]

In 1762, he married Dorothy Simkins, daughter of Charles Simkins. Their marriage was childless. Anderson died in May 1813 and the baronetcy became extinct.

Involvement in slave trade[edit]

Bunce Island, 1805, during the period the slave factory was run by John & Alexander Anderson

John, with his brother Alexander, owned a slave factory on Bance Island.[2] They business was based in Philpot Lane, Eastcheap.[3] John was active politically to prevent any restrictions in the running of the slave trade, for example working with his brother to organise a petition to the House of Lords in 1799.[3]:140–1 John was also an investor in the West India Dock Company.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 15012". The London Gazette. 1 May 1798. p. 368. 
  2. ^ a b Draper, Nick (2008). "The City of London and slavery: evidence from the first dock companies, 1795–1800". Economic History Review. 61 (2): 432–466. 
  3. ^ a b Rawley, James (2003). London, Metropolis of the Slave Trade. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press.  :140

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