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John Thompson Nixon

congressman , jurist

John Thompson Nixon, American congressman, jurist. member New Jersey Assembly, 1849-1850; member United States House of Representatives from New Jersey, 36th-37th congresses, 1859-1863.

Background

Nixon, John Thompson was born on August 31, 1820 in Fairton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Jeremiah S. and Mary Shaw (Thompson) Nixon.

Education

Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1841.

Career

Taught language College of New Jersey, circa 1841-1843. Tutor in family of Judge Isaac S. Pennybacker, Staunton, Virginia, 1843. Admitted to Virginia bar, 1844, New Jersey bar, 1845.

Became partner (with Charles E. Elmer) in law firm, assisted in publication of Elmer’s Digest, a compendium of a Digest of the Laws of New Jersey. Member New Jersey Assembly, 1849-1850. Member United States House of Representatives from New Jersey, 36th-37th congresses, 1859-1863.

Appointed United States judge for District New Jersey, 1870. Trustee Princeton Theological Seminary, 1883-1889.

Membership

Member New Jersey Assembly, 1849-1850. Member United States House of Representatives from New Jersey, 36th-37th congresses, 1859-1863.

Connections

Married Mary H. Elmer, September 24, 1851.

father:
Jeremiah S. Nixon

mother:
Mary Shaw (Thompson) Nixon

spouse:
Mary H. Elmer