I recently saw a sign along K-10 heading into Johnson County proclaiming the road Gov. John Anderson Jr. Highway. What can you tell me about Gov. Anderson?
Anderson was born May 8, 1917, near Olathe. He graduated from Olathe High School and went on to Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, and later transferred to Kansas University. In 1943, he graduated from KU's law school. He went into law and opened his own practice. Anderson entered politics by running for county attorney for Johnson County as a Republican. He won and was re-elected twice. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1953. In 1956, he was appointed to fill an unexpired term as attorney general. He was elected to the office in 1956 and 1958. In 1960, he was elected governor, defeating George Docking, the Democratic incumbent. He served as governor until January 1965. Anderson became the first governor of Kansas to occupy Cedar Crest. He later returned to his law practice in Olathe. He is now retired.