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Representative from California; born in Ipswich, Edmunds County, South Dakota, 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.
Remarks at the Swearing In of Donald L. Jackson as a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
March 20th, 1969.
BEFORE you have the swearing in, would you please sit down? I would like to indicate to all of those who are our guests here that it is not usual for the President to be present for the swearing in of a member of one of the Commissions. It seemed that there is always a reason for an exception, and since Don Jackson and I came from almost neighboring districts in California to the Congress 22 years ago, campaigned together–he in my district and I in his–and have been friends and associates through those years, that as he moves now to the Interstate Commerce Commission I wanted to be present.
I am very confident he will do a very effective job as a member of that Commission, just as he was one of the exceptional Members of the Congress beginning in the Both Congress, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Since he is an expert in foreign affairs, he will now concentrate on commerce within the United States.
[At this point, the oath of office was administered by Attorney General John N. Mitchell. The President then resumed speaking.]
I have never heard the press applaud so much before. They are some of your colleagues, Mr. Jackson.
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