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William Robert Anderson

Born: 17-Jun-1921
Birthplace: Bakerville, TN
Died: 25-Feb-2007
Location of death: Leesburg, VA
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military, Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Commander, USS Nautilus

Military service: US Navy (1942-45 and 1951-62)

Anderson was assigned as aide to Hyman Rickover, the man who built the atomic navy, 1955 to 1957. He became commanding officer of the USS Nautilus, the first atomics submarine, 1957 to 1959. In 1958, he navigated the Nautilus underneath the North Pole, the first vessel to do so. Anderson was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Tennessee, 1962, then served four terms as a member of the US House of Represenatives. After politics he entered the business world, he and his wife co-founding Public Office Corporation in 1980.

Father: David Hensley Anderson
Mother: Mary McKelvey
Wife: Yvonne Etzel (m. 10-Jun-1943)
Wife: Patricia Walters (m. 1980)

    High School: Columbia Military Academy, Columbia, TN (1939)
    University: US Naval Academy, Annapolis (1942)

    Public Office Corporation Co-Founder
    US Congressman, Tennessee 6th (3-Jan-1965 to 3-Jan-1973)
    Member of the Board of Digital Management Corporation (as Chairman, 1973-)
    American Legion
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Bronze Star

Author of books:
Nautilus 90 North (1959, memoir, with Clay Blair, Jr.)


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