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Nathan Fellows DIXON

(1847-1897)
Senate Years of Service:
1889-1895
Party:
Republican

DIXON, Nathan Fellows, (son of Nathan Fellows Dixon [1812-1881] and grandson of Nathan Fellows Dixon [1777-1842]), a Representative and a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Westerly, Washington County, R.I., August 28, 1847; attended the common schools of Westerly and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1869 and from Albany (N.Y.) Law School in 1871; admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Westerly, R.I.; United States attorney for the district of Rhode Island 1877-1885; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan Chace and served from February 12 to March 3, 1885; was not a candidate for renomination; member, State senate 1885-1889; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan Chace and served from April 10, 1889, to March 3, 1895; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Patents (Fifty-second Congress); resumed the practice of law and engaged in banking; died in Westerly, R.I., November 8, 1897; interment in River Bend Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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