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returned to Maryland in 1882 and engaged in farming and stock
raising. In 1889 he left his home and located in Martinsburg,
W. Va„ moving to Brunswick in 1891, where he is employed
in the service of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
CHARLES A. NICODEMUS, Republican—Walkersville.
Mr. Nicodemus was born in Walkersville March 20, 1858,
and was educated in the public schools of the village, in James
Rippard's school of Westminster, Md., and Pennington Semi-
nary, New Jersey. He is a son. of the late John S. Nicodemus,
who represented Frederick County in the General Assembly
He is a farmer, and also a director of the Walkersville Sav-
GARRETT COUNTY—Two Members.
CHARLES A. ASHBY, Republican—Crellin.
Mr. Ashby was born near Oakland in 1867, and comes of the
oldest family in Garrett County, his paternal ancestors having
settled there before the middle of the eighteenth century.
He is about to enter upon his second term in the House,
having been a member of the session of 1902. In politics he has
always been a strong adherent of the Republican party, but at
the same time numbers among his friends a host of Demo-
crats who admire him for his sterling qualities of head and
heart, and for a genial disposition, which draws closely to him
those who have business or social relations with him. Mr.
Ashby was educated in the public schools of his native county,
and started in life as a teacher, but later became engaged in
And now, in addition to conducting a store at Crellin, Md.,
he is farming on a large scale, and is president and general
manager of the Ashby Lumber Co., a flourishing concern.
Mr. Ashby will go back to Annapolis to renew old friendships
and form new ones, and will make a valuable working mem-
ber of the House.
NATHAN R. SELBY, Republican—Selbyport.
Mr. Selby was born in Garrett County in 1869, and has
always been a resident of this county. Was educated in public
and normal schools of the county. Entered the profession of
teaching in 1888. Followed this profession for a period of thir-
teen years, during which time was principal of one of the lead-
ing schools of the county. Since resigning that position he has
been interested in the timber business and farming. Has always
taken an active part in politics, although he has never sought