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Secretary of State Recognizes Services of Notaries Public
Posted Date: 11/6/2009
America’s first Notary Public was appointed November 7, 1639

(Carson City, NV – November 6, 2009) – Secretary of State Ross Miller today recognized Nevada’s nearly 33,000 appointed notaries public for the valuable services they provide to the business community and individual citizens.

“Notaries do so much more than just sign and stamp documents,” Secretary Miller said. “They help prevent fraud and preserve the integrity of a variety of business and personal transactions that are so important in our daily lives.”

November 7 was first designated as Notary Public Day in 1974 “to recognize notaries for their public service and their contributions to national and international commerce.” America’s first notary public, Thomas Fugill, was appointed that day in 1639 by the Colony of New Haven.

In 1864, Samuel Clemens, later to be known as Mark Twain, was appointed a notary public in Storey County by his brother, acting Nevada governor Orion Clemens. Samuel Clemens resigned his appointment just a few months later.

The Secretary of State’s office is responsible for training and appointing notaries public in Nevada. More than 7300 were appointed in fiscal year 2009. According to the National Association of Secretaries of State, there are nearly 4.8 million notaries public nationwide.

For more information on the responsibilities of a notary public or how to become one, visit