William Nelson (New York politician)

William Nelson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byJoseph H. Anderson
Succeeded byAbraham P. Stephens
Personal details
BornJune 18, 1784 (1784-06-18)
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York
DiedOctober 3, 1869 (1869-10-04) (aged 85)
Peekskill, Westchester County, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Cornelia Mandeville Hardman Nelson
ChildrenRichard James Nelson

Dorinda Hardman Nelson Arthur

George Parker Nelson

Thomas Nelson

Sarah Ann Nelson Ferris

William Rufus Nelson

Elizabeth Parker Nelson Johnson

Edward Beverly Nelson

Laura Young Nelson

Robert D. Nelson

William Nelson (June 18, 1784 – October 3, 1869) was an American lawyer and judge from Westchester County, New York. He represented New York in the U.S. Congress from 1847 to 1851.


Born in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, on June 29, 1784, Nelson attended the common schools and was graduated from Poughkeepsie Academy. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1807, and commenced practice in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York. He married Cornelia Mandeville Hardman, and they had ten children, Richard, Dorinda, George, Thomas, Sarah, William, Elizabeth, Edward, Laura, and Robert.[1]


Nelson was a member of New York state assembly from Westchester County from 1819 to 1821. He was a member of the New York state senate, 2nd District, from 1824 to 1827. He was a state court judge for the correction of errors in New York from 1824 to 1827. For thirty years he served as district attorney for Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties.[2]

Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses as U.S. Representative from New York for the 7th District, Nelson served from March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851.[3] He resumed the practice of his profession.


Nelson died in Peekskill, Westchester County, New York, on October 3, 1869 (age 85 years, 96 days). He is interred at Hillside Cemetery, Cortlandt town, Westchester County, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "William Nelson". Find A Grave. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. ^ "William Nelson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ "William Nelson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "William Nelson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph H. Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abraham P. Stephens