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Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1969 – June 8, 1979
Leader Gerald Ford
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
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Leo E. Allen
Succeeded by Lynn Morley Martin
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John Bayard Anderson

(1922-02-15)February 15, 1922
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 3, 2017(2017-12-03) (aged 95)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican (before 1980)
Independent (1980–2017)
Keke Machakos (m. 1953)
Children 5
Education University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BA, JD)
Harvard University (LLM)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1943–1945
Rank Staff sergeant
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.

Early life

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.


Anderson died of natural causes on December 3, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at the age of 95. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on June 22, 2018.

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