John Nichols (politician)

John Nichols (* November 14, 1834 in Eagle Rock, Wake County, North Carolina, † September 22, 1917 in Raleigh, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1889 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Nichols attended the common schools and then served an apprenticeship in the printing trade. He also completed in 1855, the Lovejoy Academy in Raleigh. Subsequently he worked in the printing industry, where he printed, among other books and newspapers. From 1873 to 1877 Nichols directed the North Carolina Institute for the Blind and Deaf and Dumb. Between 1879 and 1881 he worked for the financial management of the city of Durham. After Nichols was 1881-1885 postmaster in Raleigh. Subsequently, he was secretary and treasurer of the Exhibition Committee of North Carolina ( State Fair Association).

In the congressional elections of 1886, Nichols was as an independent candidate in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Ruffin Cox on March 4, 1887. Since he has not been confirmed in 1888, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1889.

Between 1889 and 1893 John Nichols worked in various positions at the U.S. Treasury. He then returned to Raleigh, where he worked also with the tax authorities. Since 1897 until his death on September 22, 1917 Nichols served as Federal Commissioner (United States Commissioner) for the eastern part of the state of North Carolina.