Second Judicial District Court Historical Perspective

All Judges 1861-1900

1861-1900


Judge Gordon N. Mott

(1861-1863)
When Nevada was declared a Territory in 1861, Gordon N. Mott was named Judge of the First District by Territorial Governor James Nye. He was delegate to Congress in 1862 a year before he resigned from the Bench.
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Judge Horatio M. Jones

(1863)
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Judge Powhatan B. Locke

(1863-1864)
Powhatan B. Locke was born in Kentucky about 1828. The family later moved to Missouri. By 1850 Locke was practicing law and was elected Mayor of Savanna, Missouri in 1854 and reelected in 1885. In 1862 and 1863...
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Judge John W. North

(1864)
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Judge Charles C. Goodwin

(1864-1866)
C. C. Goodwin was born in the Genesee Valley, New York State, a few miles from Rochester. He received an academic education, and became a wonderfully proficient mathematician--had most of the English classics at his...
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Judge Charles N. Harris

(1867-1874)
Was born at Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, on September 3, 1839. When eight years of age, his parents removed to Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, and in 1852 from thence to Hennepin County, Minnesota, where he...
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Judge Samuel H. Wright

(1865-1870, 1875-1878)
No record of birth or education. Thompson & West and Wren's Histories of Nevada give the following: "Appointed Probate Judge by Governor Nye in 1861-- held office until law changed in 1863 when Nevada became...
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Judge Samuel D. King Jr.

(1879-1882)
Samuel Davidson King, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. about 1843. He moved with his family to San Francisco and then to Nevada. His father, Samuel D. King, was appointed Recorder of Ormsby County in 1861 and remained...
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Judge William M. Boardman

(1883-1886)
W.M. Boardman came to Washoe County, Nevada from New York in 1865. He was appointed County Superintendent of Schools in 1866 and served to 1868; was District Attorney of Washoe County from 1870 to 1874; State Senator...
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Judge Azro E. Cheney

(1887-1898)
Azro Eugene Cheney was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio April 15, 1854. His parents, Harvey Cheney and Julia Ann Everts Cheney were natives of New England where their ancestors had settled in Colonial times. The family moved...
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Judge Benjamin F. Curler Jr.

(1898-1906, 1931-1942)
Born LaPlata, Churchill County, Nevada, February 18, 1866; son of Judge B. F. Curler. For 60 years (says his obituary) he was prominent in state legal circles. He was educated in public schools of Belmont, Nye County...
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