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Nicholas FORD

(1833-1897)

FORD, Nicholas, a Representative from Missouri; born in Wicklow, Ireland, June 21, 1833; attended the village school and Maynooth College, Dublin, Ireland; immigrated to the United States in 1848 with his parents, who settled in Chicago, Ill.; moved to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1859 and later to Colorado and Montana, in which States he engaged in mining; returned to Missouri and settled in Rochester, Andrew County, and engaged in mercantile pursuits; elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1875; elected as a Greenbacker (National Party) to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress and for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri in 1884; moved to Virginia City, Nev.; member of the first city council; retired from active business and moved to Miltonvale, Kans., where he died June 18, 1897; interment in the Catholic Cemetery, Aurora, Cloud County, Kans.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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