1906 – Born in McKinney, Texas, on July 14th. Dillon Anderson, statesman and writer.
1927 – He enrolled at Texas Christian University before transferring to the University of Oklahoma, where he received a B.S. degree.
1929 – He graduated from the Yale law school.
– He was admitted to the Texas bar and began practicing with the Houston firm of Baker, Botts, Andrews, and Shepherd.
1931 – He married Lena Carter Carroll on May 30th.
1940 – He was made a partner of the Houston firm of Baker, Botts, Andrews, and Shepherd.
1942-1945 – Anderson served as a colonel in the United States Army.
– He won the Army Commendation Ribbon and the Legion of Merit.
1948 – Anderson met Edward Weeks, editor of Atlantic, who complained that J. Frank Dobie, Tom Lea, and John Lomaxq were the only Texans who ever sent contributions to his magazine.
1949 – Anderson’s first submission was "The Revival," a story that Weeks returned several times for revision.
– It won the Doubleday company’s O. Henry prize for short fiction. Anderson then began publishing other stories in Atlantic, Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s.
1953 – He was appointed consultant to the National Security Council.
1955 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Anderson to be his special assistant for national security.
– Anderson presided over the National Security Council and accompanied Eisenhower to the summit conference in Geneva and resigned the year after.
– Anderson was a director of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
1974 – Dillon Anderson died in Houston, Texas.