Raymond Nels Nelson Journalist

Raymond Nels Nelson (September 2, 1921 - June 1, 1981) was bureau chief of The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin in Warwick, Rhode Island, United States, and later a member of Senatorial candidate Claiborne Pell's team. He was found murdered in his apartment on June 1, 1981 (Washington Post, June 2, 1981). Born into a large working class Swedish family in which he boasted over 50 first cousins, Nelson didn’t speak English until the age of 6. He began his career at The Providence Journal as a typist after his honorable discharge from the Navy. After rising to bureau chief he was tapped to join the staff of Claiborne Pell, a former officer with the Foreign Service and intelligence agent groomed for political office of Rhode Island. Nelson managed Pell's first Senate campaign in 1960. Pell, considered a long-shot, became the first unendorsed aspirant to win a state-wide primary in Rhode Island. When Pell was elected, Nelson went to Washington DC as his Administrative Assistant (AA).

Personal details

Date of birth
September 2nd, 1921
United States of America
Date of death
June 1st, 1981 at age of 59
Place of death
Capitol Hill
Cause of death


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