T. Coleman Andrews

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Thomas Coleman Andrews (February 19, 1899 – October 15, 1983) was an accountant and an independent candidate for President of the United States.[1]


Andrews was born in Richmond, Virginia. After high school, he worked at a meat packing company in Richmond. He then worked with a public accounting firm and he was certified as a CPA in 1921. Andrews formed his own public accounting firm in 1922. He went on leave from his firm in 1931 to become the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a position he held until 1933. He also took leave in 1938 to serve as controller and director of finance in Richmond. Andrews served in the office of the Under-Secretary of War as a fiscal director. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943, working as an accountant in North Africa and in the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing.

Andrews retired from his firms in 1953 to become the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. He left the position in 1955 stating his opposition to the income tax. Andrews ran for President as the States' Rights Party candidate in the Election of 1956; his running mate was former Congressman Thomas H. Werdel. Andrews won 107,929 votes (0.17% of the vote),[2] running strongest in the state of Virginia (6.16% of the vote[2]), winning Fayette County, Tennessee and Prince Edward County, Virginia.


  1. ^ Thomas Coleman Andrews, biography at OSU's Accounting Hall of Fame
  2. ^ a b 1956 Presidential General Election Results
  • Biography at OSU's Accounting Hall of Fame

External links

  • Interview with T. Coleman Andrews US News and World Report 1956
  • T. Coleman Andrews at Find a Grave
  • A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with T. Coleman Andrews" is available at the Internet Archive
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