Member Biography

William Blain Anderson 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1845       16 Democrat
1846       16 Democrat
1847       16 Democrat

COUNTIES: Cumberland, Perry  


02/01/1811 - 06/02/1858

William Blain Anderson (D16) Cumberland and Perry Counties 1845-1847

Early Life:

William Blain Anderson, born February 1, 1811, Cumberland (now Perry) County, Pennsylvania; son of William and Isabella Blaine Anderson; pursued farming; orchardist; Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1838-1841; unsuccessful campaign, commissioner, Perry County, 1840; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1845-1847; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Treasurer; married, Matilda Rutter; died, June 2, 1858 (age 47 years, 4 months, 1 day), Madison Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania; interment, Toboyne Presbyterian Churchyard, Blain, Perry County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1838-1841. 

Unsuccessful campaign, commissioner, Perry County, 1840.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th district, Cumberland and Perry Counties, 1845-1847.

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Treasurer.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

William Blain Anderson (1811-1858) - Find a Grave Memorial