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
Isaac Roop |
as provisional governor
Henry G. Blasdel |
as state governor
June 10, 1815|
DeRuyter (town), New York, US
December 25, 1876 61) (aged|
White Plains, New York, US
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.
- 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
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Nevada
Served alongside: William M. Stewart
John P. Jones
| Governor of Nevada Territory
Henry G. Blasdel