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Nelson B. McCormick

Politician. Populist. Born: November 20, 1847, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Died: April 10, 1914, Phillipsburg, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District: March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899.

Congressman Nelson B. McCormick was born on November 20, 1847, in Greene County, Pennsylvania. In 1867 he moved to Marion County, Iowa, where he engaged in crop and livestock production, and removed to Phillips County, Kansas, to take a homestead in 1877. There he also studied law and in 1882 was admitted to the bar and commenced a practice in Phillipsburg. He was deputy prosecuting attorney for two years, 1887-1889, and Phillips County Attorney for four, 1891-1895 (declined renomination in 1894), before his election to Congress on the People's Party ticket in 1896 (served, March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898. Thereafter, McCormick resumed his law practice, was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention in 1904 and 1908, and served again as country prosecutor from 1911 until his death on April 10, 1914, at Phillipsburg.

Entry: McCormick, Nelson B.

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Date Modified: July 2012

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