|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 7th district
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
|Preceded by||Joseph H. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Abraham P. Stephens|
|Born||June 18, 1784|
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York
|Died||October 3, 1869 (aged 85)|
Peekskill, Westchester County, New York
|Spouse(s)||Cornelia Mandeville Hardman Nelson|
|Children||Richard James Nelson |
Dorinda Hardman Nelson Arthur
George Parker Nelson
Sarah Ann Nelson Ferris
William Rufus Nelson
Elizabeth Parker Nelson Johnson
Edward Beverly Nelson
Laura Young NelsonRobert D. Nelson
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.
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.
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. He resumed the practice of his profession.
- United States Congress. "William Nelson (id: N000045)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|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
Abraham P. Stephens