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Jack Z. Anderson

John Zuinglius Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by John J. McGrath
Succeeded by George Paul Miller
Personal details
Born (1904-03-22)March 22, 1904
Oakland, California
Died February 9, 1981(1981-02-09) (aged 76)
Hollister, California
Political party Republican Party

John Zuinglius Anderson (March 22, 1904 – February 9, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from California.

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 WWII, 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."[1]

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.

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