John N. Dalton
|63rd Governor of Virginia|
January 14, 1978 – January 16, 1982
|Preceded by||Mills Godwin|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Robb|
|32nd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
January 12, 1974 – January 14, 1978
|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 Turk|
|Succeeded by||Madison Marye|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 6th district
January 12, 1966 – January 10, 1973
|Preceded by||Kenneth Devore|
|Succeeded by||Ward Teel|
John Clay Nichols
July 11, 1931
Emporia, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||July 30, 1986 (aged 55)|
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Education||College of William & Mary (BA)|
University of Virginia (LLB)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1954–1956|
John Nichols Dalton (July 11, 1931 – July 30, 1986) was an American politician who served as the 63rd governor of Virginia, 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 graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the University of Virginia Law School. He served in both houses of the General Assembly (Virginia House of Delegates, 1966–1972, Senate of Virginia, 1973). Dalton was the 32nd Lieutenant Governor from 1974 to 1978. 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 was the adopted son of Theodore Roosevelt Dalton, his uncle, who was the Republican candidate for governor in 1953 and 1957. 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. 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.
- 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.
- Click, Carolyn (July 30, 1986). "Former Virginia Gov. Dalton dead at 55". United Press International. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
- "John Dalton Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Grimsley, Edward (July 31, 1986). "John N. Dalton". 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
| Governor of Virginia|
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee Governor of Virginia
Richard A. Snelling
| Chair of the Republican Governors Association
James R. Thompson