Plymouth County Biographies

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Donald William Nicholson

Donald William Nicholson (1888-1968), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Wareham, Plymouth County, Mass., August 11, 1888; attended the public schools and took college extension courses; engaged as a salesman; during the First World War served in the United States Army 1917-1919, with overseas service; selectman, assessor, and overseer of the poor, Town of Wareham, Mass., 1920-1925; delegate to all Republican State conventions 1924-1947; served in the State house of representatives in 1925 and 1926; member of the State senate 1926-1947, serving as president in 1946 and 1947; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Charles L. Gifford, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (January 18, 1947-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-sixth Congress in 1958; retired and resided at Wareham, Mass., until his death February 16, 1968; interment in Center Cemetery.

Son of Angus Nicholson and Annie (McLeod) Nicholson
Married 1921 to Ethel Patten b. abt 1893 Massachusetts

Malcom M Nicholson b. abt 1923 Massachusetts
Mary P Nicholson b. abt 1924 Massachusetts

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