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NIXON, John Thompson, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Fairton, Cumberland County, N.J., on
August 31, 1820; attended private schools and was graduated from Princeton College in 1841;
studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Bridgeton, N.J.; member of
the State house of assembly 1848-1850 and served as speaker in the latter year; elected as a
Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); was
not a candidate for renomination in 1862; resumed the practice of law in Bridgeton, N.J., 1863-1870;
appointed United States judge for the district of New Jersey on April 28, 1870, and served until his
death at his summer home in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Mass., September 28, 1889; interment in
the City Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.