James W. Nye
|James W. Nye|
|United States Senator
February 1, 1865 – March 3, 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 (town), New York, US
|Died||December 25, 1876
White Plains, New York, US
|Resting place||Woodlawn Cemetery
The Bronx, New York City, New York, US
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, James 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 1867 and served from February 1, 1865 to March 3, 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.
Orion Clemens, the older brother of Samuel Clemens soon to be call Mark Twain was the Secretary of the Territory of Nevada, appointed by the Lincoln administration. Sam was hired by Orion as his secretary but when their arrived, the soon found out that there was no money for Sam thus he was on his own to find work.
Media related to James Warren Nye at Wikimedia Commons
- United States Congress. "James W. Nye (id: N000177)". 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|
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Nevada
Served alongside: William M. Stewart
John P. Jones
|Governor of Nevada Territory
Henry G. Blasdel