PHOTO: US Navy
County Seat: Waverly
Tennessee has produced its share of naval heroes. One of them is William Robert Anderson, who was born in HumphreysCounty in 1921.
A graduate of the United StatesNavalAcademy, 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.
And here is the Humphreys County Courthouse.