Skip to main content Skip to search results

Niles, Nathaniel, 1746-1828



  • Existence: 1746 - 1828

Nathaniel Niles was born on April 3, 1741, in Kingston, Rhode Island. He attended Harvard College and graduated from Princeton College in 1766. He studied law, medicine and theology and preached in Norwich and Torrington, Connecticut. Niles also invented a process for making wire and erected mills in Norwich, VT. After the Revolution, Niles moved to West Fairlee, Vermont. He became a member of the VT state house of representatives in 1784. From 1784 to 1788, Niles was a supreme court justice in Vermont and served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1791. Upon the admission of Vermont as a state to the Union, Niles was elected as an anti-administration candidate to the Second and Third Congress. He stayed in politics and served as a member of the state house of representatives from 1800-1803 and 1812-1815. He was also a member of the governor's council from 1803 to 1809, as well as a presidential elector on Jefferson ticket in 1804, and on the Madison ticket in 1813. Niles died on October 31, 1828, in Fairlee, Vermont.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

John Wheelock letter

Mss 815455.2
Identifier: Mss 815455.2
Overview In English.

Nathan Smith letter

Mss 805479.1
Identifier: Mss 805479.1
Overview In English.

Nathaniel Niles hymn

Mss 775900.1
Identifier: Mss 775900.1
Scope and Contents Copy of an unpublished hymn by Nathaniel Niles.

Nathaniel Niles letter

Mss 795306
Identifier: Mss 795306
Scope and Contents Three page letter from Nathaniel Niles of Fairlee to J. Wheelock in behalf of a student Noyes.

Nathaniel Niles letter

Mss 818167.2
Identifier: Mss 818167.2
Overview In English.

Nathaniel Niles papers

 Box: 1
Identifier: MS-1372
Overview Nathaniel Niles (1741-1812), lawyer and politician. The collection contains letters, fragments of essays or lectures, account sheets and receipts as well as deeds.

Prince Sanders letter

Mss 811490.3
Identifier: Mss 811490.3
Scope and Contents Two-page letter from Prince Sanders to the President and Trustess of Dartmouth College, requesting a degree from the College to help secure his appointment to the head of some instituiom. He says he spent "considerable time in the Moors Charity School." Letter addressed to N. Niles.

"The American Hero: A Sappick Ode" manuscript

Identifier: MS-1303
Overview Nathaniel Niles (1741-1828), lawyer and congressman. The collection consists of writings by Niles including "The American Hero: A Sappick Ode."

William Plumer letter

Mss 816417
Identifier: Mss 816417
Overview In English.