John N. Dalton

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This article is about the Governor of the U.S. state of Virginia. For the famous chemist, see John Dalton.
John N. Dalton
Virginia Gov. John Dalton interviewed by a reporter during tour of Marine base, February 1981.JPEG
63rd Governor of Virginia
In office
January 14, 1978 – January 16, 1982
Lieutenant Chuck Robb
Preceded by Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
Succeeded by Chuck Robb
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 12, 1974 – January 14, 1978
Governor Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
Preceded by Henry Howell
Succeeded by Chuck Robb
Personal details
Born July 11, 1931
Emporia, Virginia
Died July 30, 1986 (aged 55)
Richmond, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edwina Jeanette Panzer
Children 4
Alma mater College of William and Mary University of Virginia Law School
Profession lawyer, politician
Religion Baptist

John Nichols Dalton (July 11, 1931 – July 30, 1986) was the 63rd Governor of the U.S. state of Virginia from 1978 to 1982 having won 55.9% of the vote, defeating Democrat Henry E. Howell, Jr and Independent Alan R. Ogden.

Biography[edit]

Born in Emporia, Virginia, Dalton also served in both houses of the General Assembly and as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the University of Virginia Law School. As governor, he pursued policies of limited government. He also settled the federal lawsuit on the desegregation of Virginia's institutions of higher education.

Dalton Intermediate School, in Radford, Virginia, is named after the former governor. Dalton Hall, a building at Radford University that houses dining facilities, and the university bookstore is named for Dalton.

Dalton was the adopted son of Theodore Roosevelt Dalton, his uncle, who was the Republican candidate for Governor in 1953 and 1957, and his son-in-law, Steve Baril, sought the 2005 Republican nomination for attorney general of Virginia. Dalton died at age 55 of lung cancer.

His personal papers, including those from his time as governor, are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.[1] His executive papers from his time as governor are held by the Library of Virginia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Dalton Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Howell
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
1974 – 1978
Succeeded by
Chuck Robb
Preceded by
Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
Governor of Virginia
1978-1982
Succeeded by
Chuck Robb