Governor James Warren Nye

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Governor James Warren Nye

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States
Death: December 25, 1876 (61)
White Plains, Westchester, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Bronx County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Nye and Thankful Nye
Husband of Elsie Ann Nye
Father of Mary E. Bingham and Charles M. Nye
Brother of Thomas Crocker Nye; John Nye; Eliza A. Nye; Joseph Warren Nye; Mary Sears and 2 others

Occupation: Governor
Managed by: John H. Nye
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About Governor James Warren Nye

James Warren Nye (June 10, 1815 – December 25, 1876) was a United States Senator from Nevada.


He was born in DeRuyter, New York, he attended the common schools and Homer Academy in Homer, New York; he studied law in Troy, New York, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Madison County.

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, 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 1869 and served from December 16, 1864 to March 4, 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.

He died in White Plains, New York in 1876 and was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City.

Nye County, Nevada, the largest county in Nevada, third largest after San Bernardino County, California and Coconino County, Arizona in the 48 contiguous states, was named after Nye.

"He was an eloquent speaker, possessed of a prodigious memory, of genial manner and was a social favorite. He was stricken with softening of the brain and at times imagined himself dead and waiting for his coffin." Nye Genealogy pg 391

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Governor James Warren Nye's Timeline

June 10, 1815
DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States
June 1843
Age 27
Oswego, NY, United States
January 1849
Age 33
Hamilton, Madison County, New York, United States
December 25, 1876
Age 61
White Plains, Westchester, New York, United States
Age 60
Bronx County, New York, United States