Donald William Nicholson (August 11, 1888 – February 16, 1968) was an American politician from the state of Massachusetts.
Born in Wareham, Massachusetts, Nicholson attended the public schools and took college extension courses. He first worked as a salesman before serving in the United States Army during World War I from 1917 to 1919.
Returning to Massachusetts, he entered politics and served as selectman, assessor, and overseer of the poor in Wareham from 1920 to 1925. He served as a delegate to all Republican state conventions from 1924 to 1947; served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1925 and 1926; as a member of the Massachusetts Senate from 1926 to 1947, and as president of the state senate in 1946 and 1947. He was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Charles L. Gifford, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (November 18, 1947 – January 3, 1959). Nicholson voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Nicholson retired to his home in Wareham, remaining there until his death on February 16, 1968; he is buried in Center Cemetery.
In 1964 a bridge in Wareham was named after Nicholson.
- "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.
- 1964 Chap. 0107. An Act Designating The Narrow Bridge, So Called, In The Town Of Wareham As The Donald W. Nicholson Bridge. State Library of Massachusetts.
- United States Congress. "Donald W. Nicholson (id: N000097)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Donald W. Nicholson at Find a Grave
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Charles L. Gifford
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from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district
November 18, 1947 – January 3, 1959