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John Nelson (lawyer)

John Nelson
17th United States Attorney General
In office
July 1, 1843 – March 4, 1845
President John Tyler
Preceded by Hugh S. Legaré
Succeeded by John Y. Mason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Samuel Ringgold
Succeeded by John Lee
Personal details
Born (1791-06-01)June 1, 1791
Frederick, Maryland, U.S.
Died January 18, 1860(1860-01-18) (aged 68)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Frances Harriotte Burrows Nelson
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Profession Politician, Lawyer

John Nelson (June 1, 1791 – January 18, 1860) was Attorney General of the United States from 1843 to 1845 under John Tyler.


Nelson was born in Frederick, Maryland, the son of politician Roger Nelson. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1811 and was admitted to the bar in 1813, starting practice in Frederick. He held several local offices before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 4th district. He served only one term, March 4, 1821, to March 3, 1823, and was not a candidate for reelection. Nelson received an A.M. degree from Princeton University in 1825. In 1831, he was appointed Chargé d'affaires to the Two Sicilies, a position he served in from 1831 to 1832. President John Tyler appointed him Attorney General of the United States on July 1, 1843, which he served until the end of the [[

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