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Nicholas John Sinnott

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1913 – May 31, 1928
Preceded by Walter Lafferty
Succeeded by Robert R. Butler

In office

Member of the Oregon State Senate
In office
Preceded by C. W. Hodson
Succeeded by Robert R. Butler
Constituency Wasco County, Oregon

Born December 6, 1870
The Dalles, Oregon
Died July 20, 1929
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dora Purcell
Occupation attorney

Nicholas John Sinnott (1870-1929) was a Republican politician from the state of Oregon. He served in the Oregon State Senate, in the United States House of Representatives, and on the now defunct United States Court of Claims federal court.


Early life

Sinnott was born in The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon, on December 6, 1870.[1] His father, Colonel N. B. Sinnott, was the founder of the old Umatilla House in The Dalles, and his mother was Mary Brass Sinnott.[2] Sinnott attended the public schools and Wasco Independent Academy in The Dalles. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1892. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1895 and began his practice in The Dalles.[1] He remained in private practice there until 1912.[2] In 1901, he married Dora Purcell, and they would have six children.[2]

Political career

Sinnott served as a member of the Oregon State Senate during the 1909 [3] and 1911[4] sessions, representing Wasco County as a Republican.

In 1912, Sinnott was elected as a Republican to the 63rd United States Congress, and was re-elected seven times. He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Lands (Sixty-sixth through Seventieth Congresses), and the Committee on Patents (Seventieth Congress). While in the House he worked to create and enlarge water reclamation projects in Eastern Oregon.[2]

On April 18, 1928, President Coolidge appointed Sinnott as a judge of the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.. He resigned from the House effective May 31, 1928, and served on the Court until his death in Washington, D.C. on July 20, 1929. Sinnott was interred in St. Peters Cemetery in The Dalles.[2] The Sinnott Memorial observation station and museum at Crater Lake National Park was dedicated in his honor on July 16, 1931.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Nicholas J. Sinnott. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Accessed September 7, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  3. ^ Oregon Legislative Assembly (25th) 1909 Regular Session
  4. ^ Oregon Legislative Assembly (26th) 1911 Regular Session
  5. ^ Reddell, Greg, "Sinnott Memorial Observation Station and Museum", Friends of Crater Lake National Park, Volume 7, No. 1, Crater Lake, Oregon, Winter 2002.


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