HON. J[ohn] D. NICHOLS, attorney, of the firm of Nichols & Burnham, Vinton, was born in Leeds, Canada West, July 22, 1834, and was reared on a farm. When seventeen years of age, he was apprenticed to a wagon-maker. On learning the trade, he continued to follow it until about thirty years of age. In the meantime he came to the United States and located at Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa, where he was engaged in working at his trade. In 1871 he came to Vinton and entered the office of Traer & Gilchrist, where he studied law. In March, 1872, he was admitted to the bar, and soon after formed a partnership with Robert St. Clair. In 1876 this partnership was dissolved and Mr. Nichols continued to do business alone until 1879, when he formed a partnership with G. W. Burnham, under the firm name of Nichols & Burnham.
In politics Mr. Nichols has always been an ardent Republican. On the resignation of Judge Shane, as State Senator, in 1876, he was elected to fill the vacancy, and re-elected in 1879, for the full term. Mr. Nichols has always taken an interest in public affairs. At present he is engaged exclusively in the practice of his profession.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 201-202.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.