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Matthias H. NICHOLS

(1824-1862)

NICHOLS, Matthias H., a Representative from Ohio; born in Sharptown, Salem County, N.J., October 3, 1824; attended the common schools; learned the trade of a printer; moved to Ohio in 1842 and settled in Lima; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Lima, Ohio; elected prosecuting attorney for Allen County in 1851, but resigned the following year to campaign for Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress, elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress, and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 15, 1862; interment in the Old Cemetery, Lima, Ohio; reinterment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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