Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915

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Architect; d. 1986.

From the description of Nelson W. Aldrich interview, 1985 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220185109

Father-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; financier and philanthropist who served as U.S. representative (1879-1881) and senator (1881-1911) from Rhode Island and chairman of the U.S. National Monetary Commission (1908-1912).

From the description of Nelson Aldrich microfilm collection, 1777-1930 (bulk 1879-1915) [microform]. (Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library). WorldCat record id: 70963678

Nelson W. Aldrich (d. 1986) was an architect.

From the description of Oral history interview with Nelson W. Aldrich, 1985 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 744428490

U.S. representative and senator from Rhode Island, financier, and philanthropist.

From the description of Nelson W. Aldrich papers, 1777-1930 (bulk 1879-1915). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71062671

Nelson W. Aldrich, d. 1986, Architect.

From the description of Oral history interview with Nelson W. Aldrich, 1985 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397229

Biographical Note

  • 1841, Nov. 6: Born, Foster, R. I.
  • 1862: Served with tenth Rhode Island Volunteers
  • 1865: Became junior partner in Rhode Island wholesale grocery firm
  • 1866: Married Abby Pearce Chapman (died 1917)
  • 1869 - 1875 : Member, Providence, R.I., common council (president, 1872-1873)
  • 1875 - 1877 : Member, Rhode Island state house of representatives (speaker of the house, 1876-1877)
  • 1876: Delegate, Republican national convention
  • 1879 - 1881 : Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1881 - 1911 : Member, U.S. Senate
  • 1908 - 1912 : Chairman, National Monetary Commission
  • 1915, Apr. 16: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Nelson W. Aldrich Papers, 1777-1930, (bulk 1879-1915), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, (father of Richard Steere Aldrich, cousin of William Aldrich, grandfather of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, and great-grandfather of John Davison Rockefeller), was a Representative and a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Foster, R.I., November 6, 1841. Aldrich attended the public schools of East Killingly, Conn., and the Academy of East Greenwich, R.I.;

In 1862, during the Civil War, Aldrich enlisted as a private in Company D, First Regiment, Rhode Island National Guard. After the war he entered the wholesale grocery business in Providence, RI. In 1869 he was elected as a member of the Providence city council serving until 1874; served as president in 1872 and 1873. Elected as a member of the State house of representatives in 1875 and 1876, elected speaker in 1876.

Aldrich was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, to October 4, 1881, when he resigned to become Senator. Elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ambrose E. Burnside. He was reelected in 1886, 1892, 1898, and 1904, and served from October 5, 1881, to March 3, 1911. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1911.

Aldrich served as chairman of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Rules (Fiftieth through Fifty-second, Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses), Select Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Finance (Fifty-fifth through Sixty-first Congresses); chairman, National Monetary Commission (1908-1912).

He retired to Providence, R.I. and passed away in New York City, April 16, 1915. He is interred in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.

Sources:

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "ALDRICH, Nelson Wilmarth, (1841 - 1915)" .

American National Biography .

Stephenson, Nathaniel W. Nelson W. Aldrich, a leader in American politics . 1971. New York: Kennikat Press, 1971.

Sternstein, Jerome L. “Corruption in the Gilded Age Senate: Nelson W. Aldrich and the Sugar Trust.” Capitol Studies 6 (Spring 1978): 13-37. (Copy on file)

From the guide to the Nelson W. Aldrich papers, Aldrich, (Nelson W.) papers, 1777-1930, (Phillips Memorial Library)

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creatorOf Nelson W. Aldrich papers, Aldrich, (Nelson W.) papers, 1777-1930 Phillips Memorial Library
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creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915. Nelson W. Aldrich papers, 1777-1930 (bulk 1879-1915). Library of Congress
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referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1898-1954 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth, 1841-1915. Letter, 1890, May 2, Washington, D.C., to Horatio R. Storer. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. Oral history interview with Nelson W. Aldrich, 1985 Apr. 4. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915. Nelson Aldrich microfilm collection, 1777-1930 (bulk 1879-1915) [microform]. Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
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creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [Chester A. Arthur], n.p., 1883 Mar. 6. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Warburg, Paul M. (Paul Moritz), 1868-1932. Paul Moritz Warburg papers, 1904-1932 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915. [Remarks of Nelson W. Aldrich on tariff laws]. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
referencedIn Augustus Mendon Lord collection, Lord (Augustus Mendon) collection, (bulk 1876-1908), 1778-1908 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Aldrich, Nelson W. Oral history interview with Nelson W. Aldrich, 1985 Apr. 4. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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Banking law
Tariff
Tariff--Law and legislation
Money
Rubber industry and trade
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Tariff--United States
Banks and banking
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Legislators--United States
Philanthropists--United States
Capitalists and financiers--United States
Financiers
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Senators, U.S. Congress--Rhode Island
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Birth 1841-11-06

Death 1915-04-16

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