Homer Augustus Nelson, American congressman. member United States Ho; member of New York Senate, 1882-1883; member commn.
Nelson, Homer Augustus was born on August 31, 1829 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States.
He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Poughkeepsie.
He was an officer in the Union Army during the first part of the Civil War and a United States congressman during the latter half of the war. He was a judge of Dutchess County, New York from 1855 to 1862. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he became colonel of the 159th New York Volunteer Infantry.
He left in 1863 when he took his seat in the 38th United States Congress, but was unsuccessful for reelection in 1864. Following the war, he was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1867 and the same year was elected Secretary of State of New York serving until 1871. He died on April 25, 1891 in Poughkeepsie and was interred in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.
He was a member of the New York State Senate (15th D) in 1882 and 1883. And was appointed to the commission to report a revision of the judiciary article of the New York Constitution in 1890.