Born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mitchell attended the local school. He graduated from Harvard University in 1789. He studied law in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1798-1802.
Mitchell was elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805). He was not a candidate for renomination. He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1809 and 1812. He served as judge of the common pleas court 1811-1821 and chief justice 1819-1821. He served in the State senate in 1813 and 1814. He served as member of the Governor’s council 1814-1820. State treasurer of Massachusetts 1822-1827. Librarian in 1835 and 1836 and treasurer 1839-1845 of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Mitchell’s love for music began early, was leader of the church choir and a teacher of music in East Bridgewater. One of his pieces was performed in the World’s Columbian Exposition concerts in Chicago in 1893. He was also one of the first American composers; his work sold more than 100,000 copies. He died in Plymouth, Massachusetts, August 1, 1853. He was interred in Old Central Street Cemetery, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
- Grammar of Music published in the Boston “Euterpeiad”
- The Brattle Street Collection (Boston, 1810)
- The Bridgewater Collection of Sacred Music (Boston, 1812)
- and a series of articles on the History of Music
- Davis, William Thomas (1900), History of the judiciary of Massachusetts: including the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies, The Province of Massachusetts Bay and the Commonwealth, Boston, MA: The Boston Book Company, p. 221.
- “American Composer Timeline”. www.voxnovus.com. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
- “Nahum Mitchell”. virtualology.com. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
Media related to Nahum Mitchell at Wikimedia Commons
- United States Congress. “Nahum Mitchell (id: M000824)”. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805
| Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts