Josiah M. Anderson
|Josiah McNair Anderson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 3rd district
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
|Preceded by||John H. Crozier|
|Succeeded by||William M. Churchwell|
|Member of the Tennessee Senate|
|Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives|
November 29, 1807|
Pikeville, Tennessee, Bledsoe County
November 8, 1861 (aged 53)|
Elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first United States Congress, Anderson served from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1851. He was not a successful candidate for re-election in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress.
Anderson was a delegate from Tennessee to the peace convention of 1861, held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. He was a colonel in the Tennessee State Militia in 1861.
Anderson was killed at Looneys Creek, near the present town of Whitwell, Tennessee in Marion County on November 8, 1861 (age 53 years, 344 days), just after having made a secession speech. He is interred at the Anderson Family Cemetery, seven miles southeast of Dunlap, Tennessee in Sequatchie County.
An article in the North Carolina Standard newspaper, dated Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1861, states:
Murder of Hon. Josiah M. Anderson of Tennessee - On the day of the election, at or near Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee, Hon. Josiah M. Anderson was set upon by a band of Lincolnite assassins, and stabbed in the back, causing his instant death. Col. Anderson formerly represented the Knoxville District in the Congress of the United States, and was a delegate from Tennessee in the "Peace Congress." His only offense for which he was so basely assassinated, was his defense of the South in conversation.
- United States Congress. "Josiah M. Anderson (id: A000199)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John H. Crozier
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd congressional district
William M. Churchwell