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  Anderson, Thomas Jefferson "Tom"
NameThomas Jefferson "Tom" Anderson
Gatlinburg, Tennessee , United States
Born November 07, 1910
DiedAugust 30, 2002 (91 years)
Last ModifedDavid
Jun 18, 2021 02:47pm
InfoANDERSON, Thomas J(efferson) - Right-wing activist, editor, and American Party leader of Pigeon Forge TN.

Anderson was born 12/7/1910 in Nashville TN.

Anderson earned a BS in economics at Vanderbuilt in 1934. Afterward, he worked by the Nashville Banner newspaper, then sold securities for the J.C. Bradford Co. brokerage firm.

Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, World War II.

Worked in the newspaper business. Ad salesman for the Southern Agriculturalist in Nashville TN, where he began his writing against Communism. The SA was absorbed in 1950 by Farm and Ranch magazine, a weekly based in Dallas. Served as supervising editor of F&R and as author of a column entitled "Straight Talk," one of the most popular columns in farm magazines of the time (carried by 375 newspapers). A book entitled Straight Talk was printed, including some responses by readers, which was reprinted twice. Served as president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. Left F&R in 1971.

Member of the John Birch Society. Author of book Silence is not Golden - It's Yellow! Also marketed a taped message "Bipartisan Treason."

National Chairman American Party, 1972-c. 1995.

Candidate for US Vice President on the American Independent Party ticket, 1972

Author of "Permanent Principles and Platform" adopted in 1973 at the AIP national committee meeting.

Presidential Nominee, American Party, 1976


Died in Raleigh NC on 8/30/2002; interred at Mt. Hope burial ground, Franklin TN. Many of his papers were donated to the Texas A&M University library.

Publisher, rancher, public speaker, syndicated columnist; born Nashville, Nov. 7, 1910; s. William J. and Nancy Lucas (Joseph) A.; married Carolyn Montague Jennings, Dec. 24, 1936; one child, Carolyn A. Porter. BA Vanderbilt Univ., 1934; LLB (hon.), Bob Jones University, 1967. Securities salesman Gray-Shillinglaw & Co., Nashville, 1934-36. Salesman Nunn-Schwab Securities Co., 1936-39; manager unlisted securities dept. J. C. Bradford Co., 1939-43; So. sales manager So. Agriculturist, Nashville, 1943-47; owner, pub. So. Farm Publs., 1947-71. Farm and Ranch magazine, 1953-63, Am. Way Features (nat. newspaper syndicate), Straight Talk (weekly newsletter Anderson Enterprises); radio commentator, world traveler. Author: Straight Talk, 1967. Silence Is Not Golden, It's Yellow, 1973. Vice presidential candidate American Party, 1972, national chairman We-the-People, 1966-72. Lt. USN, 1943-46. Recipient Liberty awards Congress of Freedom, 1964-, Pub. Address award Freedoms Found. Valley Forge, 1959-60; named Man of the Year, God and Country Rally, 1966. Mem. Am. Agrl. Editors Assn. (president, 1939), Omicron Delta Kappa. Baptist.

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Wife Carolyn Montague Jennings Anderson Dec 24, 1936-
Daughter Carolyn A. Porter Anderson 0000-

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