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Michael Nicholas NOLAN

(1833-1905)

NOLAN, Michael Nicholas, a Representative from New York; born in County Carlow, Ireland, May 4, 1833; immigrated to the United States at the age of ten years; attended the public schools in Albany; studied law but did not complete the course; went to California during the gold rush; was employed on the street railway system of San Francisco and soon became manager; returned to Albany, N.Y., and engaged in business as a brewer; director of the National Savings Bank of Albany; fire commissioner of Albany 1869-1878; elected mayor of Albany and served from May 1878 to June 24, 1883, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); did not seek renomination in 1882, having been reelected mayor; continued his business activities; died in Albany, N.Y., May 31, 1905; interment in St. Agnes’ Cemetery.

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

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