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date: 15 December 2019

Anderson, Clinton Presbalocked

(23 October 1895–11 November 1975)
  • Donald K. Pickens


Anderson, Clinton Presba (23 October 1895–11 November 1975), secretary of agriculture and U.S. senator, was born in Centerville, South Dakota, the son of Andrew Jay Anderson and Hattie Belle Presba, farmers. His childhood was spent in Mitchell, South Dakota, where his family had to work hard to make a living from the stubborn land. The experience made his father an activist in Populist party politics. This childhood and his struggle for health as a young adult made Anderson sensitive to the varied hardships faced by many people. In 1915, after two years at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, Anderson transferred to the University of Michigan. At Ann Arbor, Anderson was a successful student editor of the school newspaper while he worked at several odd jobs. When his father suffered a major injury, Anderson returned to Mitchell. He never completed his college degree....

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