John F. Nugent

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John F. Nugent
United States Senator
from Idaho
In office
January 22, 1918 – January 14, 1921
Preceded by James H. Brady
Succeeded by Frank R. Gooding
Personal details
Born June 28, 1868
La Grande, Oregon
Died September 18, 1931(1931-09-18) (aged 63)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Resting place Cedar Hill Cemetery
Suitland, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Adelma Ainslie[1]
Children 1 son, George A. Nugent
Residence Boise, Idaho
Profession Attorney

John Frost Nugent (June 28, 1868 – September 18, 1931) was an attorney and Democratic politician from Idaho. He served three years in the United States Senate, from 1918 to 1921.

Nugent attended public schools, and worked in mines in Idaho and Australia. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1898, commencing practice in Silver City, Idaho. He was prosecuting attorney of Owyhee County from 1899 to 1906.

In January 1918, Governor Alexander appointed Nugent to the U.S. Senate to succeed Republican James H. Brady, who died in office. Nugent defeated former Governor Frank R. Gooding in a special election that November to finish the term. In the Senate, Nugent served as chairman of the Committee on Fisheries.

Nugent faced Gooding again in 1920 for a full six-year term, but this time Gooding was victorious. Nugent resigned in January, prior to the end of his term in March, to accept an appointment from President Wilson to the Federal Trade Commission, and was succeeded by Senator-elect Gooding.

Nugent ran a third time for Senate in 1926, but finished third behind Gooding and Progressive candidate H. F. Samuels. Nugent resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. and remained in the area until his death after a brief illness in 1931 at age 63.[1] He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland.


  1. ^ a b "Ex-senator dies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. September 19, 1931. p. 1. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
James H. Hawley
Democratic Party nominee, U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
1918 special (won), 1920 (lost), 1926 (lost)
Succeeded by
Chase A. Clark
United States Senate
Preceded by
James H. Brady
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
January 22, 1918–January 14, 1921
Served alongside: William E. Borah
Succeeded by
Frank R. Gooding