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George Ross Anderson

George Ross Anderson, American federal judge. Bar: South Carolina 1954. Recipient War Horse award Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 1990, District Judicial Service award The Civil Justice Foundation, American Trial Lawyers Association, 1997, Ernest F. Hollings Public Service award, 2002, Order of the Palmetto award, 2002; named for Federal Building Courthouse in Anderson, South Carolina, 2002.


  • Anderson, George Ross was born on January 29, 1929 in Anderson, South Carolina, United States. Son of George Ross and Eva Mae (Pooler) Anderson.

  • Education

    • B.Comml. Science, Southeastern University, 1949. Postgraduate, George Washington University, 1951. Bachelor of Laws, University South Carolina, 1954.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University South Carolina, 1984. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Anderson College, 1998.


    • Member identification division Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, 1945-1947. Legislative assistant to Senator Olin D. Johnston United States Senate, 1947-1951, Columbia, South Carolina, 1953-1954. Individual practice law Anderson, 1954-1979.

      Judge United States District Court South Carolina, 1980—2009, senior judge, since 2009.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: South Carolina 1954.


    • Assistant editor: University South Carolina Law Rev, 1953-1954.


    The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Through The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, the bread and cup symbolize the broken body and shed blood offered by Christ recall God’s great love for people. As they did for the disciples on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion.

    Denomination: Baptist


    The strong feature of Baptism is that prayers are not only led by a minister, but often by a local preacher - a lay person who has been trained and authorized to lead worship and preach.


    Board directors Salvation Army, 1968, Young Men’s Christian Association, 1968-1979, Anderson Youth Association, 1978-1980. Served with United States Air Force, 1951-1952. Fellow International Academy Trial Lawyers (director 1979-1981), International Society Barristers.

    Member South Carolina Bar Association (director 1977-1980, past circuit vice president), Association Trial Lawyers American (board governors 1969-1971), South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (vice president 1970-1971, president 1971-1972, Outstanding Trial Judge of Year 1984), honorary doctor of Laws, University South Carolina, 1984, board directors, Federal Judges Association, 1993-1997.


    • Married Dorothy M. Downie, December 2, 1951. 1 son, G. Ross.
    • father: George Ross Anderson
    • mother: Eva Mae (Pooler) Anderson
    • spouse: Dorothy M. Downie
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