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Donald Lester JACKSON

(1910-1981)

JACKSON, Donald Lester, a Representative from California; born in Ipswich, Edmunds County, S.Dak., January 23, 1910; attended the public schools of South Dakota and California; served as a private in the United States Marine Corps 1927-1931 and again from 1940 until discharged as a major in 1945 with two years’ combat service overseas; engaged in public relations in Santa Monica, Calif.; reporter and editor, Santa Monica, 1938-1940; director of publicity, city of Santa Monica, Calif., in 1939 and 1940; congressional adviser at ninth conference of American States at Bogotá, Colombia, in 1948; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1961); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960; radio and television commentator, 1960-1968; appointed by President Nixon as a commissioner on Interstate Commerce Commission in 1969; resided in Sosua, Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic, West Indies, until his death in Bethesda, Md., May 27, 1981; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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