<p>Donald Wayne Williamson, usually known as Don Williamson (born October 5, 1927), is a semiretired American businessman in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish and the largest city in north Louisiana, who served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature between 1968 and 1980. A Democrat, he served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1968 to 1972 and then in the Louisiana State Senate from 1972 to 1980. Earlier, from 1958–1968, he was a member and later president of the Caddo Parish School Board. Williamson ran a strong but unsuccessful race for state insurance commissioner in 1979 and failed twice in bids for mayor of Shreveport in 1982 and 1986. After his political retirement, he shifted his registration in the early 1990s to the Republican Party to voice his opposition to the administration of then U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Williamson was born in Vivian in northern Caddo Parish to Earl Guyton Williamson, Sr. (1903–1992), and the former Mamie Greer (1904–1948). He attended public schools and graduated from Vivian High School (later North Caddo High School) in 1946. He attended the Methodist-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport for a year. In 1945, while</p>