Thomas Nelson (Oregon judge)

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Thomas Nelson
2nd Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
1850–1853
Preceded by William P. Bryant
Succeeded by George Henry Williams
3rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
1850–1853
Appointed by Millard Fillmore
Preceded by William P. Bryant
Succeeded by George Henry Williams
Personal details
Born January 23, 1819
Peekskill, New York
Died July 25, 1907
New York City, New York

Thomas Nelson (1819–1907) was an American attorney and judge. He was appointed as the 2nd Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court serving from 1850 to 1853. A native of the U.S. state of New York, he lived in Oregon only during his term as chief justice.

Early life[edit]

Nelson was born January 23, 1819 in Peekskill, New York.[1] There he passed the bar and received his license to practice law in 1840.[1]

Legal career[edit]

In 1850 U.S. President Millard Fillmore appointed Nelson to the territorial supreme court of Oregon to replace William P. Bryant.[1] Nelson arrived at Oregon City in April 1850.[1] He served until 1853 when his term ended.[2] During this same time he served as chief justice of the court, and then left Oregon in August 1853 to return to New York.[1] There he practiced law until he died in New York on July 25, 1907 at the age of 88.[1][3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ "Oregon Supreme Court Justices". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  3. ^ Lansing, Ronald B. 2005. Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier. Pullman: Washington State University Press. p 261.