Robert Anderson

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Person.png Robert Anderson   Spartacus
(politician, businessman)
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Born Robert Bernard Anderson
The date "June 4, 1910, U.S." was not understood.
The date "June 4, 1910, U.S." was not understood.

Burleson, Texas, U.S.
Died 1989-08-14
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Texas
Religion Methodist
Children Gerald Lee Anderson James Richard Anderson
Spouse Ollie Rawlins Anderson
Member of Le Cercle

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In office
1961 - 1973
Employer Loeb,  Rhoades & Co.
New York-based investment banking firm

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In office
July 29, 1957 - January 20, 1961
Succeeded by Douglas Dillon

Employment.png President of Ventures Ltd.

In office
1955 - 1957
"Canadian holding company with far flung international interests"

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In office
May 3, 1954 - August 4, 1955

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In office
February 4, 1953 - March 3, 1954
Deputy Thomas Gates

Not to be confused with Robert O. Anderson

Robert Bernard Anderson was a US administrator and businessman. 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. His career ended in personal suffering and disgrace. He was hospitalized for alcoholism 10 times since 1981.[2]

Career

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. In World War II he was a civilian aide to the Army Secretary.[2]

Business

After leaving office, he was active in business, investment and banking affairs, and, during the 1960s, carried out diplomatic missions on behalf of his friend President Lyndon B. Johnson including leading a commission that negotiated new treaties involving the Panama Canal. He was also an economic adviser to the Sultan of Oman and worked as a Manhattan-based lobbyist and consultant for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.[2]

Money laundering

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 pled 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." [3]

Deep Political connections

He attended Le Cercle.



References

  1. Ambrose, Stephen E. (1990). Eisenhower: Soldier and President. Simon & Schuster. p. 501. ISBN 0-671-74758-4. 
  2. a b c http://www.nytimes.com/1989/08/16/obituaries/robert-b-anderson-ex-treasury-chief-dies-at-79.html
  3. Matter of Anderson, 142 A.D.2d 498, 536 N.Y.S.2d 765 (January 12, 1989).