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Frederick Van Nuys (April 16, 1874 - January 25, 1944) was a United States Senator from Indianamarker. Born in Falmouthmarker, he attended the public school and graduated from Earlham College (Richmond, Indianamarker) in 1898 and from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolismarker in 1900. He was admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Shelbyvillemarker moving shortly afterward to Andersonmarker. From 1906 to 1910 he was prosecuting attorney of Madison Countymarker and was a member of the Indiana Senate from 1913 to 1916, serving as president pro tempore in 1915. He moved to Indianapolis in 1916 and continued the practice of law; he was United States attorney for the district of Indiana from 1920 to 1922.

Frederick Van Nuys was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1932 and was reelected in 1938, serving from March 4, 1933, until his death on a farm near Vienna, Virginiamarker in 1944. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (76th Congress) and a member of the Committee on the Judiciary (77th and 78th Congresses). Interment was in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indianamarker.

Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest it was van-NIECE. (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)


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