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Meredith Nicholson

Meredith Nicholson
Born (1866-12-09)December 9, 1866
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Died December 22, 1947(1947-12-22) (aged 81)
Indianapolis, Indiana

Meredith Nicholson (December 9, 1866 – December 22, 1947) was a best-selling author from Indiana, United States, a politician, and a diplomat.


  • Biography 1
  • Selected bibliography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Nicholson was born on December 9, 1866 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to Edward Willis Nicholson and the former Emily Meredith. Largely self-taught, Nicholson began a newspaper career in 1884 at the Indianapolis Sentinel. He moved to the Indianapolis News the following year, where he remained until 1897.

He wrote Short Flights in 1891, and continued to James Whitcomb Riley helped to create a Golden Age of literature in Indiana. Three of his books from that era were national bestsellers:

  • The House of a Thousand Candles (#4 in 1906)
  • The Port of Missing Men (#3 in 1907)
  • A Hoosier Chronicle (#5 in 1912)

In 1928, Nicholson entered Democratic party politics, and served for two years as a city councilman in Indianapolis. He rose through the ranks of the Democratic party and was rewarded with appointments as Envoy to Paraguay, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Nicholson was married firstly to Eugenie Clementine Kountze, daughter of Herman Kountze, and secondly to Dorothy Wolfe Lannon, whom he later divorced.

Nicholson died on December 22, 1947 in Indianapolis, aged 81, and is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery.

Selected bibliography


External links

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Post Wheeler
United States Minister to Paraguay
30 October 1933–3 February 1935
Succeeded by
Findley B. Howard
Preceded by
George R. Summerlin
United States Minister to Venezuela
April 22, 1935–April 14, 1938
Succeeded by
Antonio C. Gonzalez
Preceded by
Boaz Long
United States Minister to Nicaragua
June 9, 1938–February 27, 1941
Succeeded by
Pierre de Lagarde Boal

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