Anderson, John Bayard

Anderson, John Bayard, 1922–2017, U.S. politician, b. Rockford, Ill., grad. Univ. of Illinois (B.A. 1939, J.D. 1946), Harvard law school (LL.M. 1949). After serving in the army (1943–45) and practicing law he joined the foreign service and was on the staff of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany (1952–55). He entered Illinois politics in 1956 and in 1960 won the first of ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. A conservative Republican who became more liberal on social issues, Anderson served as chairman of the House Republican Conference (1969–79). After running unsuccessfully for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, he was the National Unity party candidate for president, finishing third behind Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He wrote Between Two Worlds (1970) and The American Economy We Need (1984).

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