George S. Nixon

George Stuart Nixon (April 2, 1860 – June 5, 1912) was an American who served as a member of the United States Senate from Nevada.

George S. Nixon
George Stuart Nixon.jpg
United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
March 4, 1905 – June 5, 1912
Preceded byWilliam M. Stewart
Succeeded byWilliam A. Massey
Member of the Nevada State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1860-04-02)April 2, 1860
Newcastle, California, U.S.
DiedJune 5, 1912(1912-06-05) (aged 52)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Residence(s)Winnemucca, Nevada, U.S.
ProfessionBanker, politician

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Newcastle, California.[1] He went to work for a railroad company and studied telegraphy.[2]


In 1881, Nixon was transferred to Nevada, where he organized and became cashier of a bank at Winnemucca.[2] He also built an opera house in Reno,[2] a theater in Winnemucca[2] and was one of the financiers of the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada.[3]

He became a member of the Nevada Assembly in 1891 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1905 as a Republican. He was re-elected in 1911 and served until his death in 1912.[2] He was the chairman of the Committee on Coast Defenses.[2]

On February 9, 1905, he joined the San Francisco Bohemian Club.[4]


Nixon died in 1912 and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Reno. The Nevada Legislature chose William A. Massey as his successor. The town of Nixon, Nevada was named after George Nixon.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Senator Nixon is dead". Reno Gazette-Journal. June 5, 1912. p. 1. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via 
  2. ^ a b c d e f
  3. ^ Nicoletta, Julie (2000). "Tonopah". Buildings of Nevada. Oxford University Press. pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-19-514139-3.
  4. ^ Officers, List of Members, House Rules, Grove Rules. Bohemian Club. 1911. p. 11. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1974). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of Nevada Press. p. 178. ISBN 9780874170948. Retrieved May 24, 2017.

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Party political offices
First Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 1) from Nevada
Served alongside: Francis G. Newlands
Succeeded by