STRICKLAND, Nimrod, was born in Vincent township June 28, 1807, and died in West Chester, May 15, 1880.
In early manhood he identified himself with the Democratic party, and by his fealty and persistent labors to the principles it espoused he early earned for himself a reputation as a successful politician throughout the State, which he continued to enjoy up to the time of his death. Aside from his political career, his usefulness in the more private walks of life was long and well demonstrated, and only ceased with his physical inability to perform the duties to which he was selected.
The first office he held was that of clerk to the county commissioners. During the campaign between Wolf and Barnard for the office of Governor, he actively espoused the cause of the former, and after Wolf was elected Governor he recognized his services by appointing him first recorded of deeds and then register of wills of Chester County, each of which he held three years. Aug. 31, 1837, he married Margaret McCullough. He then for some years was a clerk in the Treasury Department, when Governor Wolf was First Comptroller of the Treasury of the United States. He held the office of associate judge for several years, and was also for a term one of the canal commissioners of the State. In 1854-55 he served as warden of the Eastern penitentiary but the duties were distasteful to him and he resigned. He also at different times held the offices of justice of the peace, bank appraiser, jury commissioner and prison inspector. During President Buchanan's administration he held a position in the custom-house in Philadelphia. He was for some years editor of the 'American Republican,' and was afterwards co-editor of the 'Pennsylvanian' with Dr. Morwitz.
Some years before his death, he had an operation performed on his eyes for cataract, which did not prove successful, and they gradually grew worse until the sight was totally destroyed, thus adding to his afflictions one irreparable and severe.
He was a member of the Baptist Church for forty-six years, and also a member of the Odd-Fellows. This organization was kind to him, and during his last illness rendered that brotherly assistance for which they were organized and are so widely noted.
His counsel was sought by many of all political parties, and in public
recognition of his intellect and good judgment he stood high in the
estimation of all who enjoyed his acquaintance. He was genial and kind in his manner, ever having a pleasant word of good advice and cheer for all who came about him.