NUGENT, John Frost, (1868 - 1931)

Senate Years of Service: 1918-1921
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

NUGENT, John Frost, a Senator from Idaho; born in La Grande, Union County, Oreg., June 28, 1868; attended the public schools; worked in the mines in Idaho and Australia; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in Silver City, Idaho; prosecuting attorney of Owyhee County, Idaho, 1899-1906; appointed on January 22, 1918, and subsequently elected on November 5, 1918, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James H. Brady and served from January 22,1918, until his resignation, effective January 14, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the United States Senate; chairman, Committee on Fisheries (Sixty-fifth Congress); appointed by President Woodrow Wilson a member of the Federal Trade Commission 1921-1927; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1926 to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; died in Silver Spring, Md., September 18, 1931; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.


Dictionary of American Biography; Schlup, Leonard. “The Faithful Acolyte: Senator John F. Nugent and the Question of Membership in the League of Nations." Idaho Yesterdays 40 (Summer 1996): 11-17.