Nye, James Warren

Nye, James Warren

(1815–76) governor, U.S. senator; born in Madison County, New York. A gifted orator, he was appointed governor of the Nevada Territory (Rep.; 1861–64), where he helped suppress the pro-slavery forces. He then served Nevada as one of its first two U.S. senators (1864–73).
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