Michael Nicholas Nolan (May 4, 1833 – May 31, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from New York State and Mayor of Albany, New York, the state capital.

Michael Nicholas Nolan
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byJohn Mosher Bailey
Succeeded byThomas J. Van Alstyne
Personal details
BornMay 4, 1833 (1833-05-04)
County Carlow, Ireland
DiedMay 31, 1905 (1905-06-01) (aged 72)
Albany, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Professionbusinessman, banker, politician


Nolan was born in County Carlow, Ireland. and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. He attended the public schools in Albany. He studied with a local attorney, but went to California during the Gold Rush without attaining admission to the bar.


In California, Nolan was employed on the street railway system of San Francisco and soon became manager.

Nolan returned to Albany where he was a partner in a brewery, became director of the National Savings Bank of Albany, and served as fire commissioner of Albany from 1869 to 1878. Elected as a Democrat, he was mayor of Albany from May 1878 to June 24, 1883, when he resigned.[1]

Elected to the 47th United States Congress representing the Sixteenth District of New York, Nolan served from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1883.[2] After leaving Congress he continued his business activities, and served as Mayor of Albany again from 1882 to 1883.


Nolan died in Albany on May 31, 1905 (age 72 years, 27 days). He is interred at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "Michael N. Nolan". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Michael N. Nolan". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael N. Nolan". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 27 July 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Bleecker Banks
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
John Swinburne
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Mosher Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Van Alstyne

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