POPE, Nathaniel (1784-1850)

POPE, NATHANIEL, a Delegate from Illinois Territory; born in Louisville, Ky., January 5, 1784; attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar; settled in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 1804, where he commenced the practice of his profession; moved to Springfield, Ill.; appointed secretary of Illinois Territory by President Madison in 1809; reappointed in 1813 and served from March 7, 1809, until his resignation in 1816 to become Delegate; elected on September 5, 1816, a Delegate to Congress for a term of two years (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses); appointed register of the land office at Edwardsville, Ill., on November 30, 1818, and served until March 3, 1819; appointed United States judge for the district of Illinois on March 3, 1819, and served in that capacity until his death; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1824; died in St. Louis, Mo., January 22, 1850; interment in the Colonel O'Fallon Burying Ground, on the Bellefontaine Road.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: April 10, 1818. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Angle, Paul M. McClelland. Nathaniel Pope, 1784-1850, A Memoir. [Springfield, Ill.]: Privately printed, 1937.
  • Bloom, Jo Tice. "Peaceful Politics: The Delegates from Illinois Territory, 1809-1818." The Old Northwest 6 (Fall 1980): 203-15.
  • Illinois (Ter.) Laws, Statutes, etc. Laws of the Territory of Illinois, revised and digested, under the authority of the legislature. By Nathaniel Pope. Kaskaskia: Printed by Matthew Duncan Printer to the Territory, 1815.