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John Edward NELSON

(1874-1955)

NELSON, John Edward, (father of Charles Pembroke Nelson), a Representative from Maine; born in China, Kennebec County, Maine, July 12, 1874; attended the common and high schools of Waterville, Maine; was graduated from Friends School, Providence, R.I., in 1894, from Colby College, Waterville, Maine, in 1898, and from the law department of the University of Maine at Orono in 1904; was admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Waterville, Maine; moved to Augusta, Maine, in 1913 and continued the practice of his chosen profession; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative John A. Peters, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (March 20, 1922-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; trustee of Colby College 1926-1931; also served as trustee of Monmouth (Maine) Academy; practiced law until his retirement in 1946; died on April 11, 1955, in Augusta, Maine; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

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

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