This Day in Indiana History - December 09, 1866 - Meredith Nicholson Born - Crawfordsville

December 09, 1866 - Meredith Nicholson Born - Crawfordsville

Best selling author, politician and diplomat, Nicholson wrote over thiry books during his lifetime.

Meredith Nicholson (December 9, 1866 – December 22, 1947)

The son of Edward Willis Nicholson and the former Emily Meredith, Meredith was native to Crawfordsville, Indiana. The family moved to Indianapolis in 1872. Nicholson's problems mastering mathematics led him to abandon formal schooling when he was fifteen years old. He continued educating himself, however, learning to speak fluent Latin, Greek, French and Italian. He even studied law for a time while working as a clerk at a law office, but abandoned it. He worked at various jobs including gofer in a print shop and as a clerk in a drug store.


He started working for the Indianapolis Sentinental in 1884 and then went to work for the Indianapolis News in 1885. Nicholson would work for the News until 1897. He published his first poems in the newspaper around 1885. His first book of poetry, Short Flights, appeared in 1891. In 1896 he married Eugenie Kountze, with whom he would have four children. the couple moved to Colorado in 1898, where he published his first novel, Main Chance, in 1903. He and his wife returned to Indianapolis in 1901, he continued his successful career as a novelist. Nicholson would join James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington and George Ade as writers that heralded the Golden Age of literature in Indiana.

Politician and Diplomat

In 1928, Nicolson gained election as an Indianapolis City Councilman and later served as Franklin Roosevelt's envoy to Paraguay, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Published by Paul Wonning


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