Albinus Nance practiced law in Osceola, NE before becoming involved in politics in 1874. At that time, He was elected as a Republican Representative in the Nebraska State Legislature. He continued his political career and in 1877 was elected as Nebraska Speaker of the House. In 1878, he was elected Governor of Nebraska and continued his service until 1883. After his two terms as Governor, he returned to his law practice and the banking industry.
MY MILITARY CAREER
Albinus Nance served in the Civil War when he was just 16 years old. He fought for the Union Armies and was enlisted with the Ninth Illinois Calvary. He fought in the battles of Guntown, Hurricane Creek, Tupelo, Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville. He was slightly wounded in his last battle.
Albinus Roberts Nance was the eldest son of Dr. Hiram and Sarah Nance. Dr. Nance was one of the most successful physicians in Central Illinois at that time. His ancestors on his father's side were French Huguenots who came to the New World to escape religious intolerance and persecution. His mother's maiden name was Smith and her ancestors were of English descent.
MY SPOUSE AND/OR PARTNER
Albinus married Sarah White of Farragut, Iowa on September 30, 1875.
Albinus and Sarah Nance had one son.
Dr. Hiram and Sarah Nance
MY BROTHER(S) AND SISTER(S)
MY GRAND PARENTS
The Homestead Act
In 1871, Nance took advantage of the Homestead Act and moved to Polk County, Nebraska, where he spent his time farming and establishing his lucrative law practice.
The "Boy Governor"
Nance has been called the "Boy Governor" since he was only 30 years old when he was elected Governor of Nebraska. During his 2 terms as Governor, his biggest successes were strengthening the economy, passing the Slocumb Liquor Law that restricted liquor licensing, and advancing railroad construction.
Battle of Nashville
Nance was a private in the Union Army. He fought in several battles and was injured in the Battle of Nashville.