2017-04-19 / Front Page

Former congressman and WALB news director Congressman Dawson Mathis passes

Dawson Mathis Dawson Mathis Former Congressman Dawson Mathis, 76, died Monday night at a Tifton hospital, where he had been under treatment for several days.

Mathis served five terms as the Second District Congressman from 1971 until 1981. He made an unsuccessful effort in the 1980 Democratic Primary to unseat longtime U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge. Talmadge was defeated in the General Election that year by Republican Mack Mattingly.

In 1982 he tried to reclaim his old seat in Congress, but lost to successor Charles Hatcher in the Democratic primary. He became a private advocate in Washington for a number of years and lived in Upper Marlboro, Md.

He was news anchor and news director at WALB from 1964 until 1970.

He was a native of Nashville, Ga. in Berrien County where he had resided in recent years.

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