The Info List - Robert B. Anderson

Robert Bernerd Anderson (June 4, 1910 – August 14, 1989) was an American administrator and businessman. He served as the Secretary of the Navy between February 1953 and March 1954. He also served as the Secretary of the Treasury from 1957 until 1961, and was one of President Eisenhower's closest confidants.[1] Two years before his death from cancer, he was disbarred for illegal banking operations and tax evasion.


1 Early life 2 State government service 3 Marriage and children 4 Federal government service 5 Private business and death 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Anderson was born in Burleson, Texas
Burleson, Texas
on June 4, 1910, to Robert Lee Anderson and his wife Elizabeth Haskew "Lizzy" Anderson. He was a high school teacher prior to entering the University of Texas
Law School, from which he graduated in 1932. He thereafter engaged in political, governmental, law and business activities in the state of Texas. State government service[edit] Upon leaving the University of Texas
School of Law in 1932, Anderson soon became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas
where he worked in 1933-1934. By 1934, he moved onward to become a State of Texas
Tax Commissioner. By 1939-1940, Anderson pursued opportunities within the private sector; he and two other partners purchased the City of Austin-based KTBC radio station from the Texas
Broadcasting Company. Not able to increase KTBC's broadcasting power from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the three partners then sold KTBC to Lady Bird Johnson in January–February 1943; she was the wife of U.S. Representative—and future Senator and U.S. President—Lyndon B. Johnson. Marriage and children[edit] Anderson married Ollie Mae Rawlins on April 10, 1935. The couple had two sons, Gerald Lee and James Richard. The Anderson family later moved to Cleburne, Texas. Ollie Anderson died in Greenwich, Connecticut of Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer disease
on May 31, 1987. Federal government service[edit] During his time as Navy Secretary, he ended the last formal vestiges of racial segregation in the Navy and advocated the force levels and technological advances necessary to maintain a flexible defense strategy. In May 1954, Anderson left his Navy post to become Deputy Secretary of Defense. He received the Medal of Freedom
Medal of Freedom
in 1955. From 1957 to 1961, he served as President Eisenhower's Secretary of the Treasury. Eisenhower was particularly impressed by Anderson's abilities, believing him to be more than capable of being president himself, and he named him as one of his leading choices to be his running mate in 1956, should to be Vice-President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
have accepted Eisenhower's recommendation that he leave the vice-presidency in order to serve as Secretary of Defense. However, Nixon opted to remain on the ticket with Ike. As 1960 approached, Eisenhower acknowledged that Nixon no doubt had the Republican presidential nomination sewn up, but he privately pressed Anderson to enter the primaries and challenge Nixon, but Anderson declined. Once Nixon was nominated, Eisenhower suggested that he select Anderson as his running mate, but Nixon chose Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
instead. Eisenhower said Anderson "is just about the ablest man that I know, He would make a splendid President."[2] In 1959, as Secretary of the Treasury, Anderson supported the creation of the International Development Association, after pressure from then-Senator Mike Monroney
Mike Monroney
(D-Oklahoma).[3] Private business and death[edit] After leaving office, he was active in business, investment and banking affairs, and, during the 1960s, carried out diplomatic missions on behalf of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Including many trips to Cario to confer with the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the wake of the 1967 Six Day War. [4] Anderson's career ended in personal suffering. He was hospitalized several times for alcoholism. He illegally operated the Commercial Exchange Bank of Anguilla, British West Indies, which had an unlicensed New York branch office. The bank lost $4.4 million and several investors lost their life savings in the mid 1980s. The bank also laundered large amounts of cash for drug traffickers. In 1987, Anderson pleaded guilty to criminal violations of the banking laws and to tax evasion, and was sentenced to prison. The Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division, in disbarring Anderson from the practice of law, called his disbarment "a sad but we think necessary end to the legal career of one who has in times less beclouded by poor and corrupt judgment served his country in high office as Secretary of Treasury, Deputy Secretary of the Navy and as Special
Ambassador to Panama
during the Panama
Canal negotiations."[5] Anderson died of throat cancer following his cancer sugery in New York City on August 14, 1989. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cleburne, Texas. References[edit]

^ Ambrose, Stephen E. (1990). Eisenhower: Soldier and President. Simon & Schuster. p. 501. ISBN 0-671-74758-4.  ^ Ambrose, Stephen (September 28, 1984). Eisenhower the President. 4302: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671499013.  ^ Kapur et al, 1997, The World Bank: Its First Half Century, Volume 1, Washington DC: Brooklings Institution ^ https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v19/d500 ^ Matter of Anderson, 142 A.D.2d 498, 536 N.Y.S.2d 765 (January 12, 1989).

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Government offices

Preceded by Dan A. Kimball United States
United States
Secretary of the Navy February 4, 1953 – March 3, 1954 Succeeded by Charles S. Thomas

Political offices

Preceded by Roger M. Kyes United States
United States
Deputy Secretary of Defense 1954–1955 Succeeded by Donald A. Quarles

Preceded by George M. Humphrey U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower 1957–1961 Succeeded by C. Douglas Dillon

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Secretary of State

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(1953–59) Christian A. Herter (1959–61)

Secretary of the Treasury

George Magoffin Humphrey (1953–57) Robert B. Anderson
Robert B. Anderson

Secretary of Defense

Charles E. Wilson (1953–57) Neil H. McElroy
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(1957–59) Thomas S. Gates Jr.
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Attorney General

Herbert Brownell Jr.
Herbert Brownell Jr.
(1953–57) William P. Rogers
William P. Rogers

Postmaster General

Arthur E. Summerfield (1953–61)

Secretary of the Interior

Douglas McKay
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Secretary of Agriculture

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Secretary of Commerce

Sinclair Weeks
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Secretary of Labor

Martin P. Durkin (1953) James P. Mitchell
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Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Oveta Culp Hobby
Oveta Culp Hobby
(1953–55) Marion B. Folsom
Marion B. Folsom
(1955–58) Arthur S. Flemming (1958–61)

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