Charles C. Nott

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Charles Cooper Nott, Sr. (1827 – March 6, 1916) was a Chief Justice of the United States Court of Claims.


He was born in 1827 in Schenectady, New York, to Professor Joel B. Nott, a chemist and mineralogist. He was a grandson of Eliphalet Nott, a longtime President of Union College. Charles Cooper Nott graduated from Union College in 1848, was admitted to the bar and moved to New York in 1850, where he practiced law until enlisting to fight at the beginning of the American Civil War. He was appointed a captain in the Fremont Hussars, was in the 5th Iowa Cavalry, and the 131st New York Volunteer Infantry and the 176th New York Volunteer Infantry,[1] achieving the rank of colonel.[2] He was subsequently captured at the fall of Brashear City, and held as a prisoner of war in Texas for thirteen months.[3]

Abraham Lincoln appointed Nott to the Court of Claims in February, 1865, two months before the President died.[2] He was the reporter of decisions of forty-eight volumes of the Court of Claims Reports.[2] He wrote the unanimous opinion in Mrs. Lockwood's Case, 9 Ct. Cl. 346 (1874), denying Belva Ann Lockwood admission to the bar of the Court of Claims. She appealed to the United States Supreme Court and lost there as well.[1] In 1896 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Claims by President Grover Cleveland,[2] succeeding William A. Richardson. In turn, Charles Bowen Howry took his associate judgeship.[1]

Nott retired in 1905.[2] He died on March 6, 1916, at 151 East Sixty-first Street, New York City.[2] His son, Charles Cooper Nott, Jr., was a Judge of the Special Sessions Court.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Bennett, Marion Tinsley (1976). The United States Court of Claims: A History; Part I: The Judges, 1855–1976. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles C. Nott Dies at 88". New York Times. March 7, 1916. Charles Cooper Nott, former Chief Justice of the United States Court of Claims and father of Judge Charles C. of the Special Sessions Court, died yesterday at 151 East Sixty-first Street in his eight-ninth year. President Lincoln, whose close friend he was, appointed Mr. Nott to the Court of Claims in February, 1865, and President Cleveland made him Chief Justice in 1896. When he retired in 1905, he had served forty years in the court. Mr. Nott was born in Schenectady, N. Y., and was a son of Professor Joel B. Nott and a grandson of Eliphalet Nott, President of Union College, from which Mr. Nott was graduated in 1848. After being admitted to the bar he removed to this city in 1850, and practised here until the beginning of the civil war, when he enlisted and was promoted to a Colonelcy. President Lincoln appointed him to the Court of Claims two months before his death. Mr. Nott was the author of several books, his last book, "The Mystery of Pinckney Draught, New York," being published in 1909. In addition he was the author of forty-eight volumes of the Court of Claims Reports. 
  3. ^ "Judge Nott Promoted: Appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Claims". New York Times. November 24, 1896. 


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