OBITUARY. HOMER A. NELSON. Homer A. Nelson died suddenly yesterday morn- ing at his residence near Poughkeepsie. He was in New-York Friday attending to his professional duties, although he had not been feeling well for several days. He left home in the even- ing intending to take a rest, which he felt that he needed, and to consult his physician. He was in no serious condition as to alarm his friends, to whom the information of his death has come as a great shock. Judge Nelson, as he was familiarly known, was born in Poughkeepsie Aug. 31, 1829, and received his elementary training in the public schools and high school of his native city. He early entered upon a course of preparation for the law, studying successively in the offices of Tallman & Dean, Varick & Eldridge, and Charles H. Ruggles. He began the practice of his pro- fession in Poughkeepsie. In the Fall of 1855 he was elected County Judge of Dutchess County, retaining the office until November, 1862, when he was elected to Congress, serving but one term from 1863 to 1865. At the close of his term he was offered an appointment in the dip- lomatic service by President Lincoln, but de- clined. In Congress he ranked with the war Democrats. He was a member at large of the Constitu- tional Convention of 1867, voting with the mi- nority against the form adopted, but in accord- ance with the prevailing sentiment among the people, which rejected the report of the conven- tion. At the Fall election of 1867 he was elect- ed Secretary of State on the Democratic ticket, serving in that office four years, until the close of 1871. In the Fall of that year his party would have sent him to the State Senate, but he declined the nomination and entered again actively upon professional work, in which he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. He was prevailed upon in 1881, however, to accept a nomination to the State Senate and was elected, representing the Fifteenth District, which in- cluded the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam. This was the last elective office held by Judge Nelson, but he was a member of the commission appointed last year to report a revision of the judiciary article of the Constitution, represent- ing the Second Judicial District. In semi-public corporations he held several offices, including those of Trustee of the Vassar Home for Aged Men and Director of the Central Cross-Town Railroad Company of this city and of the City Railroad Company of Poughkeepsie. Among many noted cases in which he was professionally engaged were the Vassar will contest and the defense of Jacob Sharp. When not engaged in professional work, he delighted in nothing more than in the sports of the forest, field, and stream. He leaves a wife, but no children.