Born in Johnson County on May 8, 1917, John Anderson, Jr., was a 1944 graduate of the University of Kansas law school. He practiced law in Olathe and served as county attorney, state legislator, and attorney general before winning the gubernatorial election in 1960. After finishing his second term, Anderson returned to the practice of law. In 1972, he unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination for governor a third time. That year, Republicans chose Morris Kay who lost in the general election to Robert Docking.
Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.