Frederick Nash

4th NC Supreme Court Chief Justice

Date Born: February 9, 1781

Date Died: December 4, 1858

       
       
Place Born: New Bern, NC

Place Buried: Old Town Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC

 

Chief Justice 1852-1858
Associate Justice 1844-1852
 

Frederick Nash was born on February 9, 1781 in New Bern, NC, the son of Governor Abner Nash and Mary Whiting (Jones) Nash. His early education was provided by Rev. Henry Patillo and Rev. Thomas Irving. He attended the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) and graduated in 1799. He returned home to read law under Edward Harris, and set up a practice in New Bern.

On September 1, 1803, Frederick Nash married Mary Goddard Kollock, daughter of Shepard Kollock and Susan (Arnett) Kollock of Elizabethtown, NJ; they had nine children.

In 1807, Frederick Nash moved his family to Hillsborough, NC.

In 1814, Frederick Nash was elected to represent Orange County in the NC House of Commons of the:
- 39th General Assembly that met in 1814 - elected Speaker of the House after Wm. Miller elected governor
- 40th General Assembly that met in 1815
- 41st General Assembly that met in 1816
- 42nd General Assembly that met in 1817

In 1818, Frederick Nash was elected as a Judge on the NC Superior Court, a position he retained until 1824.

In 1836, Frederick Nash was again elected as a Judge on the NC Superior Court, a position he retained until he as elected to the NC Supreme Court.

In 1844, Frederick Nash was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Associate William Joseph Gaston, who had recently died.

In 1852, Frederick Nash was elected as Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin, who retired. He continued as Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court until his death.

On December 4, 1858, Frederick Nash died at his home in Hillsborough, and he was buried in the Old Town Burial Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC.


Elected as Chief Justice on December 30, 1852.

Frederick Nash was the son of Abner Nash, Governor of North Carolina in 1780, and his mother was the widow of Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.

Nash represented New Bern in the House of Commons in 1804 and 1805.

In 1818, he was elected a Judge of the NC Superior Courts of Law and Equity, which he resigned in 1819.

In 1827, he represented the town of Hillsborough in the House of Commons and again in 1828.

In 1836, he was again elected a Judge of the NC Superior Court.

In 1844, he was "transferred" to the NC Supreme Court.


On the death of Justice William Gaston in January of 1844, Frederick Nash of Orange County was elected to succeed him. He was born in New Bern in 1781, when his father, Abner Nash, was Governor, and was a nephew of General Francis Nash, who was killed at the battle of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Nash graduated at Princeton College with distinction in 1799. In 1808, he removed to Hillsborough and represented that borough town and also the county of Orange in the General Assembly.

In 1818, he was elected Judge of the NC Superior Court, but resigned in 1826. He was again elected in 1835, and upon the death of Justice William Gaston in 1844 he was elected to succeed him, being then in his 64th year. On the resignation of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin in 1852, he was elected by his associates, Chief Justice, and died in 1858 in the 78th year of his age.


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