NIBLACK, William Ellis

1822–1893

Biography

NIBLACK, William Ellis, (cousin of Silas Leslie Niblack), a Representative from Indiana; born in Dubois County, Ind., May 19, 1822; attended the country schools and the Indiana University at Bloomington; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Vincennes, Ind.; surveyor of Dubois County; member of the State house of representatives in 1849 and 1850; served in the State senate 1850-1853; judge of the circuit court of the third judicial district from January 1854 until October 1859, when he resigned; moved to Vincennes, Ind., in 1855; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Lockhart; reelected to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from December 7, 1857, to March 3, 1861; was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1862 and 1863; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1864, 1868, and 1876; elected to the Thirty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law; judge of the supreme court of Indiana 1877-1889; moved to Indianapolis in 1889 and retired from public life; died in Indianapolis, Ind., May 7, 1893; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 10 letters (1867-1872) in the Belmont family correspondence. Finding aid in repository.

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: ca. 20 items in the Albert P. Niblack papers.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1865. 1 letter.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: January 27, 1869. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Niblack, William Ellis. Deficiency Bill. [Washington?, D.C.: N.p., 1870].

------. Legislative Appropriation Bill. [Washington: H. Polkinhorn & Co., prs., 1870].

------. State of the Union. Speech of Hon. W. E. Niblack, of Ind., delivered in the House of Representatives, January 31, 1861. [Washington, D.C.: H. Polkinhorn's Steam Job Press, 1861].

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