Dillon Anderson

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Dillon Anderson
2nd United States National Security Advisor
In office
April 2, 1955 – September 1, 1956
PresidentDwight Eisenhower
Preceded byRobert Cutler
Succeeded byWilliam Harding Jackson (Acting)
Personal details
Born(1906-07-14)July 14, 1906
McKinney, Texas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 28, 1974(1974-01-28) (aged 67)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Lena Carter Carroll
(m. 1931)
EducationTexas Christian University
University of Oklahoma (BS)
Yale University (LLB)

Dillon Anderson (July 14, 1906 – January 28, 1974) was an official in the federal government of the United States during the Eisenhower administration (1953–61). He served as the 2nd National Security Advisor from April 2, 1955, to September 1, 1956. He also was a member of the Draper Committee.[2]


Anderson was born on July 14, 1906, in McKinney, Texas, the son of Joseph A. and Bessie Dillon. After attending Texas Christian University, Anderson received his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma (1927) and his LL.B. from Yale Law School (1929). He served in the United States Army during World War II (1942–1945), and earned the Army Commendation Ribbon and Legion of Merit. He worked on lend-lease material and military government planning, attaining the rank of colonel.[3][4]

Anderson in 1940 was made partner in Houston, Texas, law firm of Baker Botts, before becoming National Security Advisor, Anderson was an official at the National Security Council from 1953 to 1955.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959.[5]

Mr. Anderson resigned his post as special assistant in August 1956, to return to his law practice. In 1958, he was elected chairman of the Texas National Bank. He was a director of Westinghouse Electric Corporation and of the Monsanto Chemical Corporation, and a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, of the Brookings Institution and of the Schlumberger Foundation.[2]

He died on January 28, 1974, in Houston, Texas.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Harris, John (March 9, 1955). "Cutler Resigns as Aid to Ike, Effective April 1". The Boston Daily Globe.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dillon Anderson, Lawyer, Dead; Special Assistant to Eisenhower. At Big Four Summit". The New York Times. January 30, 1974.
  3. ^ "Dillon Anderson, Lawyer, Dead; Special Assistant to Eisenhower". The New York Times. 30 January 1974. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ Glover Lee, Joyce. "Anderson, Dillon (1906–1974)". Texas state Historical Association. TSHA. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by National Security Advisor
Succeeded by