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ANDERSON, Clinton Presba

ANDERSON, Clinton Presba
Library of Congress


ANDERSON, Clinton Presba, a Representative and a Senator from New Mexico; born in Centerville, Turner County, S.Dak., October 23, 1895; attended the public schools, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.Dak., and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; moved to Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1917; newspaper reporter and editor in Albuquerque 1918-1922; engaged in the general insurance business at Albuquerque 1922-1946; served as treasurer of State of New Mexico 1933-1934; administrator of the New Mexico Relief Administration 1935; field representative of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration 1935-1936; chairman and executive director of the Unemployment Compensation Commission of New Mexico 1936-1938; managing director of the United States Coronado Exposition Commission 1939-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the two succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1941, until his resignation on June 30, 1945, having been appointed Secretary of Agriculture; served as Secretary of Agriculture from June 30, 1945, until his resignation May 10, 1948; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948; reelected in 1954, 1960 and 1966, and served from January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1973; was not a candidate for reelection in 1972; chairman, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), Joint Committee on Construction of Building for Smithsonian (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-eighth Congresses), Joint Committee on Navaho-Hopi Indian (Eighty-fourth through the Ninety-second Congresses), Special Committee on Preservation of Senate Records (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-seventh and Eighty-eighth Congresses), Special Committee on National Fuel Policy (Eighty-seventh Congress), Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-second Congresses); returned to Albuquerque and retired from active pursuits; died November 11, 1975; interment in Fairview Memorial Park.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Oral History Project

New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in 4 interviews including reminiscences of Howard Bray (1966), who worked for Clinton Anderson in the late 1950's and 1960's. 112 pages. Discusses health insurance, medicare legislation, role of private insurance companies, Blue Cross, and federal government. Microfiche available for purchase. Name index. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: May 20, 1969. 16 pages.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Oral History: 1967. 57 pages.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1941-1972 (bulk 1948-1972). Ca. 250,000 items. Correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, speeches, hearing transcripts, reports, and other papers relating chiefly to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Topics include farm price supports, civil rights, education, war on poverty, Vietnam War, atomic energy, health care, conservation and natural resources, and Indian affairs, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Senate Space Committee, and the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. Includes many items omitted from the microfilm edition at the University of New Mexico. Finding aid.

Harry S. Truman Library

Independence, MO
Papers: 1945-1948. 6 feet. Official and personal correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other papers as secretary of agriculture. Finding aid.

U.S. Senate
Historical Office

Washington, DC
Oral History: Discussed in interviews (January 30-February 3, 1992) with Jerry T. Verkler, staff director of Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, 182 pages.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: Correspondence in Walter Clay Lowdermilk papers, ca. 1912-1969.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Oral History: Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research

Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1848-1975 (bulk 1934-1975). 29 cubic feet. Chiefly reflect his activities as a U.S. senator and secretary of agriculture and include 50 scrapbooks, correspondence, speeches, newsletters, audio-visual materials, photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. Also, 86 bound volumes of "Legislation of Clinton P. Anderson," 1949-1973, the senator's book collection, 19th century historical manuscripts, and microfilm of legislative papers at the Library of Congress. Finding aid.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center

Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in the Harry Barnard papers, 1925-1977; and Felix Edgar Wormser papers, 1940-1965.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: University of California at Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA; University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; and Yale University Library, New Haven, CT .
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Anderson, Clinton P., with Milton Viorst. Outsider in the Senate: Senator Clinton Anderson's Memoirs. New York: World Publishing Co., 1970.

Baker, Richard Allan. Conservation Politics: The Senate Career of Clinton P. Anderson. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1985.

Tyndall, Marianne R. "Senator Clinton P. Anderson's Library Legacy." New Mexico Historical Review 77:4 (2002): 428-445.

Walker, J. Samuel. "The Confessions of a Cold Warrior: Clinton P. Anderson and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1972." New Mexico Historical Review 52 (April 1977): 117-34.

Webber, David J. Outstanding Environmentalists of Congress. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 2002.

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