(1794-1877) a U.S. Senator from Maine, was born in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts on December 17, 1794. He pursued a preparatory course and graduated from Harvard University in 1812.
Nourse served as postmaster at Hallowell 1822-1841, when he then moved to Bath and acted as collector of customs at Bath 1845-1846.
He studied medicine and began his practice in Bath; he was a medical lecturer and professor of obstetrics at Bowdoin College from 1846 to 1854.
He was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hannibal Hamlin and served from January 16 to March 3, 1857.
A Judge of Probate of Sagadahoc County, he died in Bath on April 7, 1877, with interment in Hallowell Cemetery in Hallowell.