Anderson, Knox County clerk, is a 1940 graduate of the School of Agriculture. After service in World War II he earned an M.S. at the University of Missouri and joined the Indiana Cooperative Extension Service, serving 32 years as an agricultural agent in Bartholomew, Spencer, Pike, Sullivan, Grant and Knox Counties.
Anderson retired from the CES in 1975, and was elected to the Indiana State Fair Board, serving eight years before he was elected president of the fair board in 1983. In Knox County he has served as Rotary Club president and executive director of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Wabash Valley Association, the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Farm Bureau and the Knox County Cattlemen’s Association. He received, in 1984 Vincennes university’s Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation for community service.