Nathan K. Hall

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Nathan Hall
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
In office
August 31, 1852 – March 2, 1874
Appointed byMillard Fillmore
Preceded byRoger Skinner
Succeeded byWilliam James Wallace
14th United States Postmaster General
In office
July 23, 1850 – August 31, 1852
PresidentMillard Fillmore
Preceded byJacob Collamer
Succeeded bySamuel Dickinson Hubbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byWilliam A. Moseley
Succeeded byElbridge G. Spaulding
Personal details
Nathan Kelsey Hall

(1810-03-28)March 28, 1810
Marcellus, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 1874(1874-03-02) (aged 63)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyWhig

Nathan Kelsey Hall (March 28, 1810 – March 2, 1874) was an American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as U.S. Postmaster General.


He was born on March 28, 1810 in Marcellus, New York. He began his career as a shoemaker and farmer, but then studied law in Buffalo, New York, alongside future U.S. President Millard Fillmore, and later served him as a law clerk and still later as a law partner. After passing the bar examination in 1832, he practiced law and held various elected offices in Buffalo and Erie County, New York. He was elected a member of the New York Legislature in 1846. In 1846 he was elected as Whig to a seat in the 30th Congress, but was not renominated at the end of his term. He was also "particularly active in procuring the charter" of the University at Buffalo, which Fillmore founded.[1]

In 1850, Fillmore appointed him Postmaster General of the United States. He served from 1850 through 1852, but for a brief stint as acting Secretary of the Interior. He left the office in 1852, when he became a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He held that position 24 years until his death in 1874. He is buried close to his old friend Fillmore (who died six days after Hall's death) at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.


  1. ^ Hough, Franklin B., M. D. Ph. D. (1885). Historical and Statistical record of the University of the State of New York During the Century from 1784 to 1884. Albany, New York: Printed by Authority of the legislature, Weed, Parsons & Company. p. 400.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jacob Collamer
United States Postmaster General
Served under: Millard Fillmore

July 23, 1850 – August 31, 1852
Succeeded by
Samuel Dickinson Hubbard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Moseley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

March 4, 1847 – March 4, 1849
Succeeded by
Elbridge G. Spaulding
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alfred Conkling
Judge of the United States District Court
for the Northern District of New York

August 1852 – March 2, 1874
Succeeded by
William James Wallace