Nathaniel Niles papers, 1779-1833 Rauner Manuscript MS-1372

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Nathaniel Niles papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1372

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Size of Collection:

.25 linear ft.


Nathaniel Niles (1741-1812), lawyer and politician. The collection contains letters, fragments of essays or lectures, account sheets and receipts as well as deeds.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Nathaniel Niles contain unidentified letters, account sheets, receipts and fragments of lectures and essays, as well as deeds and other legal documents related to his professional life.


Nathaniel Niles was born on April 3, 1741, in Kingston, Rhode Island. He attended Harvard College and graduated from Princeton College in 1766. He studied law, medicine and theology and preached in Norwich and Torrington, Connecticut. He also invented a process for making wire and erected mills in Norwich. After the Revolution, Niles moved to West Fairlee, Vermont. He became a member of the state house of representatives in 1784. From 1784 to 1788, Niles was a a supreme court judge in Vermont and served as a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1791. Upon the admission of Vermont as a state to the Union, Niles was elected as an anti-administration candidate to the Second and Third Congress. He stayed in politics and served as a member of the state house of representatives from 1800-1803 and 1812-1815. He was also a member of the governor's council from 1803 to 1809, as well as a presidential elector on the Jefferson ticket in 1804, and on the Madison ticket in 1813. Niles died on October 31, 1828, in Fairlee, Vermont.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, circa 1779-1833

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letter to Nathaniel Niles from John Dane, 1779-08-13
  • Folder: 2, Miscellaneous fragments of deeds and accounts , circa 1779
  • Folder: 3, Letter from Lemuel Niles to "Dear Children", 1790-05-08
  • Folder: 4, Account sheets and receipts, circa 1807-1833
  • Folder: 5, Nomination for Degree: Ethan Smith and Zephania S. Moore, 1815-08
  • Folder: 6, Letter from a father to his son regarding the son's decision to study for the ministry (at Dartmouth College?), undated

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