William Anderson (naval officer)

William Robert Anderson ( born June 17, 1921 in Bakersville, Humphreys County ( Tennessee), † 25 February, 2007 Leesburg (Virginia)) was an officer of the United States Navy.


He went through military training and was promoted to Frigate captain. As a specialist in nuclear submarines, he was from 1957 to 1959 commander of the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN -571 ). With her ​​on August 3, 1958 he achieved the first crossing under the North Pole.

After his retirement from the Navy he became involved in politics. As an independent candidate, he finished in the gubernatorial elections in Tennessee in 1962 with 32.8 percent of the vote in second place behind the victorious Democrats Frank G. Clement. He joined in 1964 even the Democrats in and sat from 3 January 1965 to January 3, 1973 for the 6th Congressional District of Tennessee in the House of Representatives of the United States. After the election defeat to Republican challenger Robin Beard, he withdrew from public life. He last lived in Alexandria ( Virginia).