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John Zuinglius Anderson
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 8th district
January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1953
|John J. McGrath|
|George Paul Miller|
|Born||March 22, 1904|
|Died||February 9, 1981 (aged 76)|
|Political party||Republican Party|
Born in Oakland, California, Anderson moved with his parents to Santa Cruz, California, the same year, and to San Jose, California, in 1913, attended the public schools. He was graduated from San Jose High School in 1923. He moved to San Juan Bautista, California, in 1925 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and fruit growing.
Anderson was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1953). He was a strong supporter of forcing Japanese-American citizens from the Pacific Coast states during World War II, stating in 1945: "As a member of the California congressional delegation I have consistently opposed the return of the Japanese-Americans to the Pacific coast while the war against Japan in the Pacific is in progress. I was one of those who as early as Dec. 8, 1941, advocated the immediate removal of all persons of Japanese descent from restricted and prohibited areas in California, Oregon and Washington."
He was not a candidate for renomination in 1952. He served as member of board of directors of Bank of America. He served as president of California Canning Pear Association and Pacific States Canning Pear Association. With Department of Agriculture in 1954 and 1955. Administrative assistant to President Eisenhower from December 15, 1956, to January 20, 1961. He served as member of staff of Veterans' Affairs Committee, House of Representatives until June 30, 1962. He retired. Resided in Hollister, California, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound February 9, 1981. Cremated. Ashes scattered at the top of Sonora Pass, Sierra Nevada Mountains.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John J. McGrath
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th congressional district
George P. Miller
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