John T. Nixon

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John T. Nixon
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
April 28, 1870 – September 28, 1889
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byRichard Stockton Field
Succeeded byEdward T. Green
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863
Preceded byIsaiah D. Clawson
Succeeded byJohn F. Starr
Personal details
Born
John Thompson Nixon

(1820-08-31)August 31, 1820
Fairton, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 28, 1889(1889-09-28) (aged 69)
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Resting placeOld Broad Street Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
EducationPrinceton University (A.M.)
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John Thompson Nixon (August 31, 1820 – September 28, 1889) was a United States Representative from New Jersey and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Education and career[edit]

Born on August 31, 1820, in Fairton, Cumberland County, New Jersey,[1] Nixon attended the public schools, graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1841 and received an Artium Magister degree from the same institution in 1843.[1] He read law in 1844 and was admitted to the bar in 1845.[1] He entered private practice in Bridgeton, New Jersey from 1845 to 1859.[1] He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1848 to 1850, serving as Speaker in 1850.[1]

Congressional service[edit]

Nixon was elected as a Republican from New Jersey's 1st congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 36th and 37th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1859, to March 3, 1863.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1862.[2] Following his departure from Congress, he resumed private practice in Bridgeton from 1863 to 1870.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Nixon was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant on April 28, 1870, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Judge Richard Stockton Field.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 1870,[Note 1][3] and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on September 28, 1889, due to his death at his summer home in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.[1] He was interred in Old Broad Street Presbyterian Church and Cemetery in Bridgeton.[2][4]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ FJC Bio is in error regarding his confirmation date, the Senate Executive Journal of the April 28, 1870, indicates he was confirmed on that day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nixon, John Thompson - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ a b c United States Congress. "John Thompson Nixon (id: N000115)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ "Senate Executive Journal --THURSDAY, April 28, 1870". memory.loc.gov.
  4. ^ John Thompson Nixon at Find a Grave

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaiah D. Clawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st congressional district

1859–1863
Succeeded by
John F. Starr
Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Stockton Field
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
1870–1889
Succeeded by
Edward T. Green