Nevada Territory Governor/Senator James Nye LS & Engraving,
Two pages, written on fantastic mprinted letterhead showing capital building and block lettering reading-
“United States Senate Chamber
Washington July 21st, 1868
Col. Joseph H Nicholson
I have waited until the last moment in the hope that I should be able to accept your kind invitation to the banquet given to your in the nations most distinguished Citizen and Statesmen. Gladly would I join with his old friends in rendering to him then honor he has so well earned. My best wishes attend him in his most important mission. I am conscious he will reap
new laurels and crown his State the Nation and himself with imperishable honors.
Your obt servt
Jas. W. Nye"
Comes with a period steel engraving of Nye as Senator. This has minor foxing as shown. The letter is in fine condition.
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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, 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.
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.