Biographical Sketch of W. S. Nash
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The subject of this sketch was born September 10, 1846, at New Orleans, La., the third son of Nathaniel H. Nash and Sarah Jane Smelser. William attended school in New Orleans until he was thirteen, when he went to Fort Gibson in 1861, and the year following went to New York, returning to Fort Gibson in 1864. In 1884 he embarked in the mercantile business, and in the January of 1878 married Miss T. Thompson, daughter of Richard Thompson, a prominent Cherokee. By this marriage they have three children (living), Carla A., born November 1880; Bertha M., born December 1884, and William Carroll, born March 1886. Mr. Nash owns about 120 head of stock cattle, fourteen head of improved stock horses, and carries a stock of about $12,000 in merchandise. He is also owner of a gin and machinery valued at $2,000, and a considerable number of town lots in the best locality in Fort Gibson. Mr. Nash commenced business on a capital of $800, and through strict attention, economy and fair dealing, has accumulated a good competence, with the prospect of attaining wealth before many years. He is a gentleman of good education, courteous in address and popular with the people of his district. He is a Mason of old standing and a member of the Presbyterian Church; is nearly five feet eight inches in height, and weighs 140 pounds.