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Nelson, Samuel
Born November 10, 1792, in Hebron, NY
Died December 13, 1873, in Cooperstown, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by John Tyler on February 4, 1845, to a seat vacated by Smith Thompson. Confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 1845, and received commission on February 13, 1845. Service terminated on November 28, 1872, due to retirement.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Second Circuit, March 5, 1845-November 28, 1872

Education:
Middlebury College, 1813
Read law, 1817

Professional Career:
Private practice, Cortland, New York, 1817-
Postmaster, Cortland, New York, 1820-1823
Judge, New York State Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1823-1831
Associate justice, Supreme Court of Judicature of New York, 1831-1845; chief justice, 1837-1845
Candidate for U.S. Senate from New York, 1845

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