American statesman and diplomat Richard Clough Anderson Jr. (1788-1826), was born in
Louisville, Kentucky, to Richard Clough Anderson (1750-1826), a Virginia Revolutionary
officer, and Elizabeth Clark, sister of George Roger Clark. After studying law under St.
George Tucker, he opened a practice in Louisville. He held a seat in the state House of
Representatives from 1812 to 1816, and again from 1821 to 1823, when he chaired the
Committee on Public lands. From 1817 to 1821, he served in the U.S. Congress, where he
distinguished himself as an advocate of Latin-American independence. President Monroe
appointed him minister plenipotentiary to La Gran Colombia in 1823, a post he held until his
untimely death caused by a fever he contracted while serving as a minister.
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