Raymond Nels Nelson

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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 the team to Senatorial candidate Claiborne Pell. 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). Commenting on the folly of staking his career on an unknown candidate, Nelson said: “There is absolutely nothing like being right when everybody thinks you’re wrong,” and called the campaign  ( Wikipedia article )


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