William Clayton Anderson

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William Clayton Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Albert G. Talbott
Succeeded by Aaron Harding
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1826-12-26)December 26, 1826
Lancaster, Kentucky
Died December 23, 1861(1861-12-23) (aged 34)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Nationality  USA
Political party American Party, Unionist and Opposition Party
Alma mater Centre College
Occupation Lawyer, Politician
Gravestone of Rep. William Clayton Anderson located in Bell View Cemetery, Danville, Kentucky.

William Clayton Anderson (December 26, 1826 – December 23, 1861) was a nineteenth-century lawyer and politician. He served as a United States Representative from Kentucky.

Early life and career[edit]

Anderson was born in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, the son of Simeon H. Anderson and nephew of Albert G. Talbott.[1] He attended private schools and graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky in 1845. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar. He began his practice in Lancaster and in 1847 moved to Danville and continued practicing law.

Anderson served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1851 to 1853. He was a presidential elector on the American Party ticket of Millard Fillmore and Donaldson in 1856. An unsuccessful candidate for the Thirty-fifth Congress, Anderson was elected two years later as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1859 to March 3, 1861.[2] He chose not to seek reelection; and was elected instead as a Unionist candidate to the Kentucky House of Representatives.[3]


Anderson died on December 23, 1861 while on the house floor during a session of the legislature in Frankfort, Kentucky . He died three days before he would have been 35 years old. He is interred at Bell View Cemetery in Danville, Kentucky.[4]


  1. ^ "William Clayton Anderson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "William Clayton Andeson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "William Clayton Anderson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "William Clayton Anderson". Find A Grave. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert G. Talbott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
Aaron Harding