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Thomas David NICHOLLS

(1870-1931)

NICHOLLS, Thomas David, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa., September 16, 1870; moved to Nanticoke, Pa., with his parents; attended the public schools; worked in mines as a boy; studied mining by correspondence; passed a State examination in 1897, received a mine foreman’s certificate of competency, and was appointed superintendent of mines; district president of District No. 1, United Mine Workers of America, from 1899 to 1909, resigning on account of ill health; elected as an Independent Democrat to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1911); was not a candidate for renomination in 1910; moved to a farm in Somerset County, Md., near Princess Anne, in 1911 and engaged in the raising of poultry; died in Princess Anne, Md., January 19, 1931; interment in Antioch Methodist Episcopal Cemetery.

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

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