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|Chair of the House Republican Conference|
January 3, 1969 – June 8, 1979
John Jacob Rhodes
|Preceded by||Melvin Laird|
|Succeeded by||Samuel L. Devine|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Leo E. Allen|
|Succeeded by||Lynn Morley Martin|
John Bayard Anderson
February 15, 1922
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 3, 2017
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Political party||Republican (before 1980)
Keke Machakos (m. 1953)
|Education||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BA, JD)
Harvard University (LLM)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943–1945|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
John Bayard Anderson (February 15, 1922 – December 3, 2017) was a United States Congressman and presidential candidate from Illinois. He ran for president in 1980, but lost to Ronald Reagan as the main Republican candidate. He was a politician in the 1960s which strongly criticized the Vietnam War as well as President Richard Nixon's actions during the Watergate scandal.
Anderson was born in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Rockford Central High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1939, and started law school, but his education was interrupted by World War II.
He enlisted in the Army in 1943, and served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Field Artillery in France and Germany until the end of the war, receiving four service stars. After the war, Anderson returned to complete his education, earning a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1946.
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