Nathan F. Dixon I

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Nathan Fellows Dixon
Nathan Fellows Dixon 1774 1842.jpg
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1839 – January 29, 1842
Preceded byAsher Robbins
Succeeded byWilliam Sprague
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1774-12-13)December 13, 1774
Plainfield, Connecticut
DiedJanuary 29, 1842(1842-01-29) (aged 67)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyWhig

Nathan Fellows Dixon (December 13, 1774 – January 29, 1842) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Plainfield, Connecticut, he attended Plainfield Academy and graduated from the College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (the former name of Brown University) at Providence in 1799. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in New London County, Connecticut. He moved to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1802 and continued the practice of law, and also engaged in banking, serving as president of the Washington bank of Westerly from 1829 until his death.

Dixon was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1813 and 1830, and served as a colonel in the state militia. He was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1839 until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1842. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-seventh Congress). Interment in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, Rhode Island.

Dixon's son Nathan Fellows Dixon was a U.S. Representative and his grandson Nathan Fellows Dixon III was a U.S. Representative and Senator, all from Rhode Island.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Nathan Fellows Dixon (id: D000376)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Asher Robbins
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Nehemiah R. Knight, James F. Simmons
Succeeded by
William Sprague III