David R. Nelson
|Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff|
|Preceded by||Edward Dabrowski|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Hodgson|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 12th Bristol District|
|Preceded by||Matthew Kuss|
|Succeeded by||Joseph McIntyre|
|Born||May 22, 1942|
New Bedford, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Saint Mary's College|
|Occupation||Rare Book Dealer|
David Robert Nelson is an American politician who served as a State Representative and Sheriff of Bristol County, Massachusetts.
Nelson was born on May 22, 1942 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended New Bedford public schools, Providence College, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and Saint Mary's College. Prior to becoming sheriff, Nelson worked as a rare book dealer.
Early political career
From 1970 to 1976, Nelson was a New Bedford City Councilor. He was elected council president in 1974. From 1977 to 1978 he was City Clerk.
In 1983, Nelson was appointed Bristol County Sheriff by Governor Michael Dukakis following the resignation of Edward Dabrowski. He was elected to finish Dabrowski's term in 1984 by winning a five-way Democratic primary. He was elected unopposed to a full term in 1986 and won the 1992 Democratic primary with 62% of the vote. Nelson resigned in 1997 and was succeeded by his Assistant Deputy Superintendent Thomas Hodgson.
- Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1981.
- "David R. Nelson (D)". Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Meyers, Jack (April 10, 1997). "Bristol County sheriff resigns after 14 years". The Boston Herald.