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Anderson, Dillon

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1974 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Administrator

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.