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Donald J. Mitchell, American Former congressman. Named Optometrist of Year New York State Optometric Association, 1971; recipientPub. Svc. award, 1965, award of distinction State University of New York State College Optometry Alumni Association, Patriot of Year award New York Reserve Officers Association, National Security award United States Civil Defense; Jimmy Doolittle fellow Aerospace Education.Found. of Air Force Association.


Mitchell, Donald Jerome was born on May 8, 1923 in Ilion, New York, United States.


Student, Hobart and William Smith College, 1947. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hobart and William Smith College. Bachelor of Science in Optometry, Columbia University, 1949.

Master of Arts in Education, Columbia University, 1950. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Pennsylvania College Optometry. Doctor Ocular Sciences (honorary), Southern College Optometry.


Optometrist; member, 93d-97th Congresses from, New YorkCouncilman, Town of Herkimer, 1954-1956;mayor, Village of Herkimer, 1956-1959. Member senior associate faculty National Emergency Training Center. President Mohawk ValleyConf.

Mayors, 1959; member of New York State Assembly, 1965-1972, majority whip, 1968-1972. Board directors Commercial Travelers Mutual Insurance Company.


Everyone needs salvation. Everyone can reach salvation.


Church should be involved into political life by organizing delegations to party conferences.


It is good for Christians with different approaches to the interpretation of the Bible to engage with each other and argue how the Bible should be applied to issues in our contemporary world.


Board directors Herkimer chapter Cub Scouts, Center New York Association for the Blind, Herkimer County United Fund, eastern chapter Nature Conservancy. With United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945, 51-53. Member National Society State Legislation (governor 1971), American Civil Defense Association (former president), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Clubs: Rod and Gun, Masons, Elks, Kiwanis.


Married Margaretta Wilson Levee, 1945. Children: Gretchen, Cynthia, Allen.

Margaretta Wilson Levee

Gretchen Mitchell

Cynthia Mitchell

Allen Mitchell