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Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge

In office
March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1839
January 27, 1840 - June 17, 1844
Preceded by Charles E. Dudley
Succeeded by Daniel S. Dickinson

Born February 8, 1795
Chatham, New York, USA
Died November 2, 1864
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Political party Democratic-Republican, Democrat, Whig
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Nathaniel Pitcher Tallmadge (February 8, 1795 Chatham, Columbia County, New York - November 2, 1864) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a U.S. Senator from New York and Governor of the Wisconsin Territory.[1]


Early life

Tallmadge graduated from Union College in 1815. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Political career

He was a member from Dutchess County of the New York State Assembly in 1828. He was a member of the New York State Senate (2nd District) from 1830 to 1833.

In 1833, he was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the United States Senate for a term beginning on March 4, 1833. In 1838, he was a member of the "Conservatives," a faction of former Democrats who endorsed the Whig candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, William H. Seward and Luther Bradish. In 1839, Tallmadge ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate, nominated by the Whigs, but due to a Democratic majority in the State Senate, who objected to his election, no choice was made, and the seat became vacant on March 4, 1839. On January 13, 1840, Tallmadge was re-elected to his old seat by the new State Legislature which had Whig majorities in both houses. He took his seat on January 27, 1840, and served until June 17, 1844, when he resigned, having been appointed by President John Tyler to be Governor of Wisconsin Territory. His residence became Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was Governor of Wisconsin Territory until his removal from office on April 8, 1845.[2]

Later years

He devoted himself to writing Spiritualist tracts. He died in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 2, 1864. He was buried at the Rienzi Cemetery in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, which he carved out of his own farmland in 1845 when his son died, and asked to be buried in the plot.


  • Tallmadge, Nathaniel P. Introduction and Appendix to The Healing of Nations, by Charles Linton. 2d ed. New York: Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge, 1855.



United States Senate
Preceded by
Charles E. Dudley
United States Senator (Class 1) from New York
1833 - 1839
1840 - 1844
Served alongside: Silas Wright, Jr.
Succeeded by
Daniel S. Dickinson
Political offices
Preceded by
James D. Doty
Territorial Governor of Wisconsin
1844 - 1845
Succeeded by
Henry Dodge


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