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Nicholas Ellsworth WORTHINGTON

(1836-1916)

WORTHINGTON, Nicholas Ellsworth, a Representative from Illinois; born in Brooke County, Va. (now West Virginia), March 30, 1836; was graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Peoria, Ill.; superintendent of schools of Peoria County 1865-1872; member of the State board of education 1869-1872; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress and for election in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected circuit judge of the tenth judicial district of Illinois in 1891; reelected in 1897, and served until his retirement June 15, 1915; appointed by President Cleveland a member of the commission to investigate labor strikes in 1894; died in Peoria, Ill., March 4, 1916; interment in Springdale Cemetery.

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

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