Anderson, Tom, 1910-1991

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Birth 1910
Death 1991

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Tom Anderson, editor, publisher, and conservative political activist was born in Nashville, Tenn. in 1910. Graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1934, with a major in economics, Anderson was equally interested in political science and English. During the Great Depression, he worked briefly for the Nashville Banner newspaper. Later, as publisher and editor of Farm and Ranch magazine, a monthly, then weekly, publication based in Dallas, Tex., which had absorbed the Southern Agriculturist in 1950, Anderson was the supervising editor and author of the column, "Straight Talk," which appeared on the magazine's editorial page. Anderson's column became possibly the most-quoted and most-reprinted in the area of agriculture publishing. Each month more than 375 newspapers requested persmission to reprint "Straight Talk."

From the description of Papers, 1953-1972. (Texas A&M University). WorldCat record id: 49868398

Tom Anderson (born 1910), was a writer, editor, publisher, conservative activist, and political candidate. Anderson was the owner of the farm magazine publishing company, Southern Farm Publications, from 1947-1971. As a social and economic conservative, and as an evangelical Christian, Anderson expressed his political and religious views through syndicated editorials, self-published newsletters, and radio commentaries. Anderson was a member of the John Birch Society, and former-chairman of the American Party. As a candidate of the American Party Anderson ran for Vice-President in 1972, President in 1976, and U.S. Senator from Tennessee in 1978. Anderson died on August 30, 2001.

From the description of Tom Anderson papers, 1924-1994 (bulk 1943-1994). (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 30956241

Tom Anderson (b. 1910) was the publisher and editor of Farm and Ranch magazine, member of the John Birch Society National Council, editorialist, public speaker, and political activist.

From the description of Tom Anderson papers, 1958-1970. (Texas A&M University). WorldCat record id: 37557146

Tom Anderson (born 1910), was a writer, editor, publisher, conservative activist, and political candidate. Anderson was the owner of the farm magazine publishing company, Southern Farm Publications, from 1947-1971. As a social and economic conservative, and an evangelical Christian, Anderson expressed his political and religious views through syndicated editorials, self-published newsletters, and radio commentaries. Anderson was a member of the John Birch Society, and former-chairman of the American Party. As a candidate of the American Party Anderson ran for Vice-President in 1972, President in 1976, and U.S. Senator from Tennessee in 1978. Anderson died on August 30, 2001.

From the guide to the Tom Anderson papers, 1924-1994 (bulk 1943-1994), (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

Conservative, Thomas Jefferson Anderson was a member of the John Birch Society National Council, publisher of farm magazines, editorialist, public speaker, and political activist in the American Party.

From the description of Papers, 1943-1986. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 19639724

Tom Anderson, editor, publisher, and conservative political activist was born in Nashville, Tenn. in 1910. Graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1934, with a major in economics, Anderson was equally interested in political science and English. During the Great Depression, he worked briefly for the Nashville Banner newspaper. Subsequently, he was employed by the J. C. Bradford Co. brokerage firm selling securities, hoping to earn money with which he could buy and publish a weekly newspaper . He also worked as an ad-salesman for the Southern Agriculturist, a monthly periodical published in Nashville, Tenn., in hopes of advancing to a journalist position. At the Southern Agriculturist, Anderson's forceful style of writing gained him recognition for his fearless attacks against leftists and Communism .

Later, as publisher and editor of Farm and Ranch magazine, a monthly, then weekly publication, based in Dallas, Tex., which had absorbed the Southern Agriculturist in 1950, Anderson was the supervising editor and author of the column, Straight Talk, which appeared on the magazine's editorial page. Anderson's column became the possibly the most-quoted and most-reprinted in the area of agriculture publishing . Each month more than 375 newspapers requested persmission to reprint Straight Talk. A book, also titled Straight Talk, was eventually published, reprinting editorials by Tom Anderson, with reader comments reprinted from Farm and Ranch, the third edition appearing in 1958.

Anderson has appeared on television and radio programs. He is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Assocation, a member of the Council of the John Birch Society, and is a member of the Methodist Church . He ran as a candidate for Vice-President of the United States in 1972, and for President in 1976, both times on the American Party ticket. He retired to Gatlinburg, Tenn .

From the guide to the Inventory of the Tom Anderson Papers Texas MSS 00041., 1953-1972, (Cushing Memorial Library)

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  • Agriculture--Periodicals
  • Politics, Practical
  • Propaganda, Anti-communist
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Civil rights--United States
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Christianity and politics
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Civil rights
  • Apartheid
  • Agriculture
  • Television advertising
  • Liberalism
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  • Political activists--United States
  • Communism
  • Political activists
  • Conservatism
  • Journalism, agricultural
  • Political parties
  • Editorials
  • Agriculture publishing
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • United States--Economic policy--1945-1960
  • Politics, Practical--United States
  • Advertising, political
  • Radio advertising
  • Third parties (United States politics)
  • Political Campaigns
  • Taxation
  • Anti-communism
  • Journalism, agricultual
  • Presidential candidates
  • Political parties--United States
  • United States--Economic conditions--1945-

Occupations:

  • Agricultural journalists
  • Political activists

Places:

  • Dallas (Tex.). (as recorded)
  • South Africa (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Nashville (Tenn.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Gatlinburg (Tenn.) (as recorded)
  • Nashville (Tenn.). (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Scandinavia (as recorded)
  • Soviet Union (as recorded)