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ANDERSON, William Robert

ANDERSON, William Robert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


ANDERSON, William Robert, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Bakerville, Humphreys County, Tenn., June 17, 1921; attended the public schools in Waynesboro, Tenn.; graduated from Columbia Military Academy, Columbia, Tenn., 1939; graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1942; United States Navy, 1942-1962; participated in eleven submarine combat patrols in the Pacific; awarded the Bronze Star and other combat awards; commanding officer of the Nautilus, the first atomic submarine, 1957-1959; made the first transpolar voyage under ice; served as assistant to Vice Adm. H. J. Rickover; consultant to President Kennedy for the National Service Corps, 1963; author; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1973); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; business executive, Public Office Corporation, Washington, D.C.; died on February 25, 2007, in Leesburg, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Tennessee
Special Collections Library, James D. Hoskins Library

Knoxville, TN
Papers: ca. 1941-1989, 15.8 linear feet. This collection consists primarily of the political records of William Robert Anderson, a U.S. Congressman (1964-1972) from the Sixth District of Tennessee. Materials from his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1972 are included. The collection also contains a considerable amount of material from Anderson's service on the Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign (1976) and various personal records from the 1970s and 1980s. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Anderson, William R. First Under the North Pole. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1959.

___. The Useful Atom. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1966.

___., with James Baar. Atomic Submarines. 1961. Reprint, Chicago: Childrens Press, 1968.

___., with Clay Blair, Jr. Nautilus 90 North. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1959. Reprint, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: Tab Books, 1989.

Cole, Tim. "The Captain Comes Home. (William Robert Anderson, Captain of 1st Nuclear Power Submarine)." Popular Mechanics (September 1988), 51(5).

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William R. Anderson, Democratic Representative from Tennessee. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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