DECEMBER 2008 – In December of 1953, the National Association of REALTORS®’ long-time executive vice-president mailed a unique holiday card to friends he had made in his thirty years with the Association. The Yuletide wishes included photographs that chronicled the Nelson family through three decades.
Nelson had been executive secretary of the Minneapolis Real Estate Board when he succeeded Tom Ingersoll at NAREB in 1922. He led the fight for REALTORS® and real estate through boom times and busts, including the Great Depression and World War Two. He was instrumental in forming FHA and staunchly opposed government-subsidized public housing. He retired in 1955.