George S. Nixon

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George S. Nixon
George Stuart Nixon.jpg
United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
March 4, 1905 – June 5, 1912
Preceded by William M. Stewart
Succeeded by William A. Massey
Member of the Nevada State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born (1860-04-02)April 2, 1860
Newcastle, California[1]
Died June 5, 1912(1912-06-05) (aged 52)
Washington, D.C.[2]
Cause of death Meningitis
Political party Republican
Residence Winnemucca
Profession Banker

George Stuart Nixon (April 2, 1860 – June 5, 1912) was a United States Senator from Nevada.

He was born in Newcastle, California.[1] He went to work for a railroad company and studied telegraphy.[2] Later, he was transferred in 1881 to Nevada and organized and became cashier of a bank at Winnemucca, Nevada.[2] He built an opera house in Reno[2], a theater in Winnemucca[2] and was one of the financiers of the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada.[3]

He became a member of the Nevada Assembly in 1891 and was elected in 1905 as a Republican to the U.S. Senate. He was reelected in 1911 and served until his death in 1912.[2] He was the chairman of the Committee on Coast Defenses.[2]

On February 9, 1905, he joined the San Francisco Bohemian Club.[4] He died in 1912 and was replaced in the Nevada Assembly by William A. Massey. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Reno. The town of Nixon, Nevada was named after him.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Senator Nixon is dead". Reno Gazette-Journal. June 5, 1912. p. 1. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Free to read
  2. ^ a b c d e f g
  3. ^ Nicoletta, Julie (2000). "Tonopah". Buildings of Nevada. Oxford University Press. pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-19-514139-3. 
  4. ^ Officers, List of Members, House Rules, Grove Rules. Bohemian Club. 1911. p. 11. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1974). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of Nevada Press. p. 178. ISBN 9780874170948. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
William M. Stewart
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nevada
Served alongside: Francis G. Newlands
Succeeded by
William A. Massey