John N. Dalton
|John N. Dalton|
|63rd Governor of Virginia|
January 14, 1978 – January 16, 1982
|Preceded by||Mills E. Godwin, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Robb|
|32nd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
January 12, 1974 – January 14, 1978
|Governor||Mills E. Godwin, Jr.|
|Preceded by||Henry Howell|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Robb|
|Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 37th district
January 10, 1973 – December 4, 1973
|Preceded by||James C. Turk|
|Succeeded by||Madison Marye|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Montgomery and Radford|
January 12, 1966 – January 10, 1973
|Preceded by||Kenneth I. Devore|
|Succeeded by||W. Ward Teel|
|Born||John Clay Nichols
July 11, 1931
Emporia, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||July 30, 1986
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Edwina Jeanette Panzer|
|Alma mater||College of William & Mary
University of Virginia
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1954–1956|
John Nichols Dalton (July 11, 1931 – July 30, 1986) was the 63rd governor of the U.S. state of Virginia, serving from 1978 to 1982. Dalton won the office with 55.9% of the vote, defeating Democrat Henry E. Howell, Jr and Independent Alan R. Ogden. Dalton had previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
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. As a young man his next-door neighbor was Charlotte Giesen, first Republican woman elected to the House of Delegates. Dalton died at 55 of lung cancer. He is buried at Sunrise Burial Park in Radford.
His personal papers, including those from his time as governor, are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary. His executive papers from his time as governor are held by the Library of Virginia
- Frank B. Atkinson (21 July 2006). The Dynamic Dominion: Realignment and the Rise of Two-Party Competition in Virginia, 1945–1980. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 156–. ISBN 978-0-7425-7753-4.
- "John Dalton Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- John Dalton, 55, Dies; Ex-Virginia Governor, New York Times, July 31, 1986
- Obituary, from Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Virginia Governor John Nichols Dalton, National Governors Association
- John N. Dalton, 1978–1982, UVa Cooper Center
- The Legacy of Governor Dalton by John Chichester
|Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Mills E. Godwin, Jr.
|Governor of Virginia