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Donald Lester Jackson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byEllis E. Patterson
Succeeded byAlphonzo E. Bell Jr.
Personal details
Born(1910-01-23)January 23, 1910
Ipswich, South Dakota, U.S.
DiedMay 27, 1981(1981-05-27) (aged 71)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Known forMember of the House Un-American Activities Committee
Jackson (on right, in front row, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon) with the Congressional freshman class of 1947.
Jackson (on right, in front row, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon) with the Congressional freshman class of 1947.

Donald Lester Jackson (January 23, 1910 – May 27, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from California from 1947 to 1961.

Born in Ipswich, Edmunds County, South Dakota, Jackson attended the public schools of South Dakota and California.


He served as a private in the United States Marine Corps from 1927 to 1931 and again from 1940 until discharged as a colonel in 1945 with two years' combat service overseas. He engaged in public relations, and worked as a reporter and editor in Santa Monica, California, from 1938 to 1940. He served as director of publicity for the city of Santa Monica, in 1939 and 1940.

Jackson was a congressional adviser at the ninth conference of American States at Bogotá, Colombia in 1948 and was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961). His congressional service included the House Un-American Activities Committee, and a notable role in accusing Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam of engaging in communist activities.[1] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1960. Jackson voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[2] but did not vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1960.[3]

Jackson was appointed to the House Un-American Activities Committee to replace future president Richard Nixon, who had just been elected to the United States Senate.[4]

He worked as a radio and television commentator from 1960 to 1968, and was appointed by President Nixon as a commissioner on Interstate Commerce Commission in 1969.

Jackson resided in Sosua, Dominican Republic, West Indies, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland, May 27, 1981. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

See also


U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byEllis E. Patterson Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 16th congressional district 1947–1961 Succeeded byAlphonzo E. Bell Jr.

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