John G. Nichols

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John G. Nichols
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3rd Mayor of Los Angeles
In office
May 4, 1852 – May 3, 1853
Preceded by Benjamin Davis Wilson
Succeeded by Antonio F. Coronel
In office
October 4, 1856 – May 9, 1859
Preceded by Manuel Requena (acting)
Succeeded by Damien Marchesseault
Personal details
Born December 29, 1812
Canandaigua, New York
Died January 24, 1898
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Florida Cox
Occupation Politician, businessman, builder

John G. Nichols (1812 – 1898) was a businessman, builder, and politician.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

John Greg Nichols was born on December 29, 1812 in Canandaigua, New York.[1] His father, William Nicholas, was a Scottish immigrant.[1]

Career[edit]

He served as the Sheriff of Jackson County, Iowa for two terms in the 1840s.[1]

He made the trip to California in 1849, arriving in San Bernardino on December 31, 1849.[1] He served as the third Mayor of Los Angeles from 1852 to 1853 and again from 1856 to 1859.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Florida Cox.[1] They lived in the first brick house to be built in Los Angeles, California. Their son was the first American to be born in the city, and he was the first mayor to expand the city.

Death and legacy[edit]

He died on January 24, 1898 in Los Angeles.[2] He was buried at the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Nichols Canyon was named in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Henry Dwight Barrows, Pioneers of Los Angeles: Ex-Mayor John G. Nichols, Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California and Pioneer Register, Los Angeles, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1898, pp. 176-179
  2. ^ a b John G. Nichols Dead, San Francisco Call, January 25, 1898