Henry Hill Anderson Jr. was born in Manhattan on June 2, 1921, the eldest of three boys of Henry Sr. and Helen Jennings (James) Anderson. His dad and mom moved the household from a small Lengthy Island property in Roslyn to Oyster Bay when the boys had been younger.
Henry Sr. was a accomplice within the household’s New York legislation agency, Anderson, Howland and Murray. Shoppers included Harold S. Vanderbilt, a railroad govt, champion yachtsman and great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Mr. Anderson’s great-grandfather Henry B. Anderson, along with advising Cornelius, was counsel for the Metropolis of New York.
A lot of the household’s wealth got here from one other great-grandfather, Oliver Burr Jennings, who was considered one of six preliminary stockholders within the Customary Oil Firm, based by John D. Rockefeller. (It was that department of the household tree that reached again to Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice chairman and the slayer, in a duel, of Alexander Hamilton.)
Henry Jr., who was referred to as Harry, emulated his father’s work ethic.
“Harry’s card was to have a very strict father,” Mr. Vaughan, his biographer, stated. “One reacts to this accident of beginning a number of methods. One is to insurgent and run away. Or, when he says, ‘Leap,’ bounce as excessive as you may. Harry stated, ‘I’ll present him how darn excessive I can bounce.’”
At Yale, Mr. Anderson sailed as a member of the college crew, organized by the student-run Yale Corinthian Yacht Membership in Branford, Conn., the place his grandfather had been commodore. (Right now, the crew is taken into account the most effective collegiate applications within the nation, and Mr. Anderson remained dedicated to it, donating waterside property for its use in Branford.)
His Yale class of 1943 graduated early, in December 1942, due to World Struggle II, and he joined the Military, serving as a area artillery officer in Gen. George Patton’s Third Military and receiving a Bronze Star.