Charles Hill Anderson
- – Charles Hill Anderson, 87 years old, an attorney, former Federal prosecutor and decorated Army veteran, died peacefully on January 9, 2018 at his home at the Army Residence Community in San Antonio, TX. Born June 16, 1930 in Chattanooga, TN, he was the son of Ray & Lois Anderson, both late of Signal Mountain, TN.
Anderson practiced law for over 50 years in Nashville, TN, Chattanooga, TN and Columbia, SC, including service as Associate General Counsel for Life & Casualty Insurance Company (1960-69) and U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee (1969-77).
Anderson’s interest in public service began at an early age. As a teenager during World War II, he attended the Capitol Page School in Washington, DC.
Anderson attended the University of Chattanooga, then graduated from University of Tennessee Law School in 1953 where he was editor of the TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW. After practicing law in Chattanooga, he moved to Nashville where he joined Life & Casualty Insurance Company.
As an involved citizen, Anderson was elected to be a delegate in 1964 to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention and subsequently served as Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party.
In 1969, Anderson accepted a presidential appointment to serve as U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee. As a “law and order” U.S. Attorney, Anderson led an office which produced an all-time record number of prosecutions (96% conviction rate) and attracted an impressive non-partisan staff which included such legal luminaries as Judge Joe Brown, Senator Fred Thompson, Ames Davis, District Attorney Ray Whitley, Randall Kinnard, and Martha Trammell.
During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Anderson faced a variety of unprecedented challenges which included: responding to Vietnam War protest threats and demonstrations, implementing the first security plans for federal facilities and airport inspections, being sued by five local media companies over new security checks at government building entrances, managing school busing controversies, fighting a flood of illegal drugs, and prosecuting corruption among local officials. His numerous investigations of the administration of Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton – which included government bid rigging, bribery, and prisoner releases – directly led to the unceremonious end to Blanton’s governorship and his subsequent conviction.
Anderson was one of 15 U.S. Attorneys who were appointed by Attorney General (AG) Elliot Richardson to form the first Attorney General’s Advisory Committee with a charter to reorganize the Department of Justice (DoJ). Anderson was reappointed by two subsequent AGs. The Committee’s recommendations substantially improved DoJ’s effectiveness for many years.
Anderson’s public service included a military career encompassing 42 years of service in the Army Reserve and National Guard. At age 18, he enlisted in the field artillery and rose in ranks to a direct commission at age 21. After 12 years in Artillery, he transferred to the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps where he was regularly promoted and reached the rank of Brigadier General. He was appointed to serve for eight years as Commander of the Tennessee Army National Guard, commanding 15,000 troops. He completed a comprehensive set of military courses including Artillery School, Armored School, JAG School, Command and General Staff College, National Defense University, and Army War College. His Army decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
Anderson was an Eagle Scout, deacon of First Presbyterian Church (USA), District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, president of both The Cumberland Club and the Federal Bar Association (Nashville Chapter), and chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Equalization (Nashville). He was a member of Bar Associations (American, Tennessee and Nashville organizations), the Federalist Society, and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC). As an avid horticulturist, Anderson was an active Master Gardener.
With a lifelong interest in genealogy, Anderson traced his family roots to pre-Revolutionary War Virginia and South Carolina and further beyond to his European forebears. Celebrating his Scottish ancestry, he was a member of the Scottish Society of Middle TN and was recognized as a Knight of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Surviving are his children: Burton Hill Anderson, San Antonio, TX; Alicia Lea Waters, Bay City, TX; and Eric Scott Anderson, Washington, NJ.
Private services were held in San Antonio, TX and a subsequent private service will be held in Chattanooga, TN.