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 Jackson
Personal details
Born(1906-07-14)July 14, 1906
McKinney, Texas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 29, 1974(1974-01-29) (aged 67)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Lena Carter Carroll
(m. 1931; his death 1974)
EducationTexas Christian University
University of Oklahoma (BS)
Yale University (LLB)

Dillon Anderson (July 14, 1906 – January 29, 1974) was an official in the federal government of the United States during the Eisenhower administration (1953–61). He served as the 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 Legion of Merit. He worked on lend‐lease materiel and military government planning, attaining the rank of colonel.[3]

Anderson was also a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, beginning in 1940. 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.[4]

He died on January 29, 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 "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. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Cutler
National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
William Jackson