Hugh Nelson (1768 - 1836)

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Birthplace: Yorktown, VA, USA
Death: Died in VA, USA
Occupation: Served in US Congress
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About Hugh Nelson

Hugh Nelson (September 30, 1768 – March 18, 1836) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, son of Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Born in Yorktown, Virginia, Nelson graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1780. He served in the Senate of Virginia 1786-1791, and in the Virginia House of Delegates 1805-1809 and 1828-1829. He was Speaker of the latter house 1807-1809. Nelson also served as judge of the general court.

Nelson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Twelfth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, until his resignation on January 14, 1823, having received an appointment in the diplomatic service. He served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses). Nelson was appointed by President James Monroe as United States Minister to Spain on January 15, 1823, and served until November 23, 1824.

Nelson died at his home, "Belvoir," Albemarle County, Virginia, March 18, 1836. He was interred in Belvoir Cemetery, Cismont, Virginia.

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Judge Hugh Nelson's Timeline

September 30, 1768
Yorktown, VA, USA
April 28, 1799
Age 30
December 6, 1801
Age 33
'belvoir', Albemarle Co., VA
Age 35
Albemarle, VA, USA
March 18, 1836
Age 67