James Nye was the only governor of Nevada Territory. He was born in DeRuyter, Madison County, New York, on June 10, 1815. Raised in New York, he was President of the New York Metropolitan Board of Police when he received his appointment from President Abraham Lincoln. He left his family in New York during his term in office in Nevada, 1861-1864, but was frequently in the east, leaving Territorial Secretary Orion Clemens as acting governor. Nye was permanently reunited with his family when he was chosen one of Nevada's first U.S. Senators. He served from 1864-1872. Nye died on December 25, 1876 in White Plains, New York.
Record Series Description
The records of Territorial Governor Nye include official and general correspondence, proclamations, telegrams, letters of recommendation, inventory of ordinance at Fort Churchill, petitions, requests for appointments, official appointments and letters of political interest such as discussions about the Civil War. The contents of nearly all the telegrams were transcribed in their entirety. Most military correspondence is in the records of the Office of the Adjutant General. The index to Governor Nye’s records can be found at: http://nsla.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=880&Itemid=418