| Robert Anderson |
Robert Bernard Anderson|
June 4, 1910, U.S.
Burleson, Texas, U.S.
1989-08-14 (Age 79)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Texas|
|Children||Gerald Lee Anderson James Richard Anderson|
|Spouse||Ollie Rawlins Anderson|
|Member of||Le Cercle|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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." 
Deep Political connections
He attended Le Cercle.
- Ambrose, Stephen E. (1990). Eisenhower: Soldier and President. Simon & Schuster. p. 501. ISBN 0-671-74758-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Matter of Anderson, 142 A.D.2d 498, 536 N.Y.S.2d 765 (January 12, 1989).