James W. Nye
|James W. Nye|
|United States Senator
December 16, 1864 – March 4, 1873
|Succeeded by||John P. Jones|
|Governor of Nevada Territory|
March 2, 1861 – December 5, 1864
|Preceded by||Isaac Roop
as Provisional Governor
|Succeeded by||Henry G. Blasdel
as state Governor
June 10, 1815|
DeRuyter, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 1876
White Plains, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Free Soil (1840s)
Nye was district attorney in 1839 and served as judge of Madison County from 1840 to 1848. He was an unsuccessful Free-Soiler candidate for election to the Thirtieth Congress in 1846, and was first president of New York City's Metropolitan Board of Police, holding that position from 1857 to 1860.
In 1861, Nye was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Governor of the newly created Nevada Territory; upon the admission of Nevada as a state into the Union in 1864, he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate; he was reelected in 1869 and served from December 16, 1864 to March 4, 1873. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. While in the Senate, Nye was chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills (Thirty-ninth Congress) and a member of the Committees on Revolutionary Claims (Fortieth Congress) and Territories (Forty-first Congress).
Mark Twain was briefly Senator Nye's secretary. In Sketches Old and New he gives an account of their parting, which occurred after Twain supposedly wrote ridiculous letters to constituents, following the Senator's orders not to address controversial issues.
- James W. Nye at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- James W. Nye at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2009-5-12
- Welcome to Nye County, Nevada
- Mark Twain MY LATE SENATORIAL SECRETARYSHIP
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 3) from Nevada
Served alongside: William M. Stewart
John P. Jones
|Governor of Nevada Territory
Henry G. Blasdel
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