MOTT, Gordon Newell, (1812 - 1887)


MOTT, Gordon Newell, a Delegate from the Territory of Nevada; born in Zanesville, Ohio, on October 21, 1812; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Zanesville in 1836; moved to Texas during its struggle for independence and served nine months as a volunteer; returned to Ohio and resumed the practice of law; moved to California in 1849; judge of Sutter County in 1850; district judge 1851-1854; moved to Nevada in 1861; appointed by President Lincoln associate justice of the supreme court of Nevada Territory on March 27, 1861, and served until his resignation in 1863, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1863, to October 31, 1864, when the Territory of Nevada became a State; was not a candidate for Representative from the new State in 1864; died in San Francisco, Calif., April 27, 1887; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.