Nelson Dingley Jr.

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Nelson Dingley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
September 12, 1881 – January 13, 1899
Preceded byWilliam P. Frye
Succeeded byCharles E. Littlefield
34th Governor of Maine
In office
January 7, 1874 – January 5, 1876
Preceded bySidney Perham
Succeeded bySeldon Connor
Personal details
Born(1832-02-15)February 15, 1832
Durham, Maine
DiedJanuary 13, 1899(1899-01-13) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationColby College
Dartmouth College (BA)

Nelson Dingley Jr. (February 15, 1832 – January 13, 1899) was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine.

Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College (now Colby College). He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1855, where he was a founding member of the Psi Epsilon Chapter of the Zeta Psi Fraternity. He then studied law, received an LL.D. from Bates College, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. However, he never practiced law and instead became proprietor and editor of the Lewiston, Maine Journal, holding this post for more than twenty years. He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives 1862–65, 1868, and again in 1873, serving as speaker in 1863 and 1864. He was the 34th Governor of Maine in 1874 and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876 and 1880.

Dingley was elected as a Republican to the 47th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William P. Frye. He was then reelected to the 48th and to the seven succeeding Congresses, serving from September 12, 1881, until his death in Washington, D.C., before the close of the 55th Congress. Reputedly "destitute of humor but soundly versed in finance", Dingley was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in the 54th and 55th Congresses. The tariff schedule of 1897, known as the Dingley Tariff, was framed under his direction to counter the lower rates set forth in the 1894 Democratic Wilson–Gorman Tariff Act. The Dingley Tariff raised tariff rates and granted the President authority to invoke reciprocity when negotiating trade treaties.

Dingley had been reelected to the 56th Congress and was succeeded by Charles E. Littlefield upon his death in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 1899. He is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, near Auburn, Maine.

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External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Nelson Dingley Jr. (id: D000356)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Perham
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
1873, 1874
Succeeded by
Seldon Connor
Political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Perham
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Seldon Connor
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William P. Frye
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles E. Littlefield
Preceded by
William Wilson
Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee
Succeeded by
Sereno E. Payne