Tennessee has produced more than its share of naval heroes. One of them is William Robert Anderson, who was born in Humphreys County in 1921.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Anderson was the commanding officer of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first atomic-powered submarine. In 1958 the Nautilus, under his command, left Hawaii heading north and didn’t stop until it landed in England – thus becoming the first vessel to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic by way of the North Pole. “For our world, our county, and the Navy – the North Pole!” Anderson told his crew.
Anderson later represented Tennessee in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1964 until 1972.
Speaking of the navy: Only once in recorded history has an army of cavalry (soldiers on horses) defeated a naval force. This Confederate victory, known as the Battle of Johnsonville, took place in Humphreys and Benton counties.
Here is the Humphreys County Courthouse.