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John Ignatius Nolan (January 14, 1874 – November 18, 1922) was an American iron molder and politician who represented a Californian district in the United States House of Representatives.

John I. Nolan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – November 18, 1922
Preceded byEveris A. Hayes
Succeeded byMae E. Nolan
The Nolans' grave at Holy Cross Cemetery


He was born in San Francisco, California on January 14, 1874. He attended the public schools and worked as an iron molder. He was a member of the board of supervisors of the city and county of San Francisco in 1911. In 1912, he was the secretary of the San Francisco Labor Council (he was a member of the Iron Molder's Union).

In Congress; deathEdit

Nolan was elected as a Republican to the 63rd United States Congress as San Francisco's first labor congressman, a staunch progressive reelected to the four succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1913 until his death. During the 66th United States Congress, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Patents, and during the 67th United States Congress, he was the chairman of the United States House Committee on Labor.

He had been re-elected in 1922 to the 68th United States Congress before he died in San Francisco, California on November 18, 1922. He was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California. After he died, his vacant position in Congress was taken by his wife, Mae Nolan.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "John I. Nolan (id: N000124)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Everis A. Hayes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mae E. Nolan