Nathan K. Hall

Nathan K. 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 byAlfred Conkling
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
DiedMarch 2, 1874(1874-03-02) (aged 63)
Buffalo, New York
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery
Buffalo, New York
Political partyWhig
Educationread law

Nathan Kelsey Hall (March 28, 1810 – March 2, 1874) was a United States Representative from New York, the 14th United States Postmaster General and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Education and career[edit]

Born on March 28, 1810, in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York,[1] Hall moved to Erie County, New York in his early youth and attended the district schools, and engaged in shoe-making and agricultural pursuits.[2] He read law with future President Millard Fillmore in 1832.[2][1] He entered private practice in Buffalo, New York from 1832 to 1850.[1] He was clerk for the Board of Supervisors of Erie County from 1832 to 1838.[1] He was city attorney for Buffalo from 1833 to 1834.[1] He was an alderman for Buffalo in 1837.[1] He was a Master in Chancery in Buffalo from 1839 to 1841,[1] on the appointment of Governor of New York William H. Seward.[2] He was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Erie County from January 1841 to January 1845.[1] He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1846.[2]

Congressional service and Postmaster General[edit]

Hall was elected as a Whig from New York's 32nd congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 30th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1847, to March 3, 1849.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848.[2] Hall served as the 14th Postmaster General of the United States in the cabinet of President Millard Fillmore from July 23, 1850 to August 31, 1852.[2][1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Hall was nominated by President Millard Fillmore on August 13, 1852, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York vacated by Judge Alfred Conkling.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 31, 1852, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on March 2, 1874, due to his death in Buffalo.[1] He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.[2]

University of Buffalo[edit]

Hall was "particularly active in procuring the charter" of the University at Buffalo, which President Fillmore founded.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Nathan Kelsey Hall at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h United States Congress. "Nathan K. Hall (id: H000062)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ 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.


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

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

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
Succeeded by
William James Wallace