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DINGLEY, Nelson, Jr.

DINGLEY, Nelson, Jr.
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DINGLEY, Nelson, Jr., A Representative from Maine; born in Durham, Androscoggin County, Maine, February 15, 1832; attended the common schools at Unity, Maine, Waterville Seminary, and Waterville College; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1855; studied law and was admitted to the bar, but left the profession and became proprietor and editor of the Lewiston (Maine) Journal in 1856; member of the State house of representatives 1862-1865, 1868, and again in 1873, and served as speaker in 1863 and 1864; Governor of Maine in 1874; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876 and 1880; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William P. Frye; reelected to the Forty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from September 12, 1881, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 13, 1899, before the close of the Fifty-fifth Congress; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses); had also been reelected to the Fifty-sixth Congress; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, near Auburn, Maine.

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

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External Research Collections

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1897-1930, 1 volume. A scrapbook, begun by Nelson Dingley and continued after his death by his son Edward Nelson Dingley, tracing the career of Nelson Dingley, Jr., U.S. congressman from Maine. Also includes tribute to his brother, Frank Lambert Dingley, founder and editor of the Lewiston Journal, and his wife, Lucinda Mary (Greeley) Dingley. Inscription by Miriam Dingley, wife of Edward Nelson Dingley, on flyleaf.

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Louis E. Larson and Family Papers, 1857-1916, 0.25 cubic foot. Other authors include Nelson Dingley. An inventory is available in the repository.

University of Maine
Raymond H. Fogler Library

Orono, ME
Papers: In the Dingley Family Papers, 1855-1916, 1 linear foot. Persons represented include Nelson Dingley.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dingley, Edward N. The Life and Times of Nelson Dingley, Jr. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Ihling Brothers and Everard, 1902.

Dingley, Nelson, Jr. Dingley on the tariff bill. [N.p., 1898].

------. Maintain the national honor speech. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. On the necessity of increasing revenue to prevent a deficiency of revenue, and the maintenance of the redemption fund, and the issue of certificates of indebtedness. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1896?]

------. Protection to American industries. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

------. Shall we build our own ships? Speech of Hon. Nelson Dingley, Jr., of Maine, in the House of Representatives, April 26, 1884, on Mr. Cox's free ship amendment to bill (H. R. 2228) to remove certain burdens on the American merchant marine. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

------. The treasury condition--16 to 1 free silver. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1896.

------. The war-revenue act. Speech ... in the House ... June 9, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Ways and means to meet war expenditures. the House of Representatives...April 27, 1898. [N.p.], 1898.

Maine. Legislature. Memorial addresses on the life and character of Nelson Dingley of Lewiston Ex-Governor of the State of Maine and Representative in Congress, delivered in Joint Assembly of the Senate and House of Representatives, Sixty-ninth Legislature, Feb. 15, 1899. Augusta: Kennebec Journal Print, 1899.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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