Nicholas Longworth II

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Nicholas Longworth II
Nicholas Longworth II - Queen City.jpg
Ohio Supreme Court Justice
In office
November 9, 1881 – March 9, 1883
Preceded by Washington W. Boynton
Succeeded by John H. Doyle
Personal details
Born (1844-06-16)June 16, 1844
Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Died January 18, 1890(1890-01-18) (aged 45)
Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Walker
Alma mater

Nicholas Longworth (June 16, 1844 – January 18, 1890) was a lawyer from a prominent Cincinnati, Ohio family who served on the Ohio Supreme Court.


Nicholas Longworth was born June 16, 1844 in Cincinnati to Joseph and Anna Rives Longworth. Joseph Longworth was the only son of Nicholas Longworth (1783-1863), a lawyer, winemaker and land speculator, who came to Cincinnati in 1804, and for the year 1850 had a tax bill of $17,000, second only to John Jacob Astor in the United States.[1][2] Anna Rives was the niece of William Cabell Rives.

Longworth was educated at the public schools in Cincinnati, and graduated from Harvard University in 1866 with high honors.[3][4] He then studied law under his uncle, (his mother's brother-in-law), Rufus King at the Cincinnati Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He had a partnership with his cousin, Edward L. Anderson, which dissolved in 1871.[4] From 1871 to 1877 he practiced with King Thompson and Longworth.[4]

In 1876, Longworth was elected to the Common Pleas Court of Hamilton County for a five year term. On October 11, 1881 he was elected on the Republican ticket to the Ohio Supreme Court. On November 9, 1881, Washington W. Boynton resigned his seat three months before the end of his term due to ill health and meager salary,[5][6] and Longworth was seated on that day.[4] His term was scheduled to end February, 1887.

Longworth resigned from the court March 9, 1883, due to the failing health of his father, and the need to look after his estate. He formed a short-live legal partnership with Thomas McDougall, which dissolved upon his father's death late in 1883.[4] He managed the business affairs of the estate, and travelled extensively. He also translated Electra from Greek,[3][4] and had two stories published in 1889.[4] He also had a steam yacht, the C.O., on the Ohio River, and raced yachts on Lake Erie.[4]

Longworth died of pneumonia at Rookwood, his estate on Mount Adams, on January 18, 1890, and was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery. He was married on October 2,[4] or 3,[3] 1869[7] to Susan Walker. She was the daughter of the late Timothy Walker, one of the founders and Dean of the Cincinnati Law School.[3] They had three children, Nicholas, born November 5, 1869, Annie Rives, born December 10, 1870, and Clara, born October 17, 1873.[3]


Sophocles; Longworth, Nicholas II (1878). Electra. Robert Clarke & Company. OCLC 002612474. 

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  1. ^ Cist, Charles (1851). Sketches and statistics of Cincinnati in 1851. Cincinnati: Wm. H Moore and Company. pp. 333–338. 
  2. ^ Perhaps Cist meant John Jacob Astor III, since John Jacob Astor died in 1848.
  3. ^ a b c d e Goss, Charles Frederic (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912. 4. Cincinnati: S J Clarke Publishing Company. p. 5. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nicholas Longworth". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company. p. 367. 
  6. ^ "Washington Wallace Boynton". The Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  7. ^ October 2, 1869 was a Saturday, October 3, a Sunday