Nichols was born in Thompson, Connecticut on April 2, 1773. He became a prominent manufacturer in Dudley, Massachusetts. Nichols was an ardent supporter of the Universalist Church. He founded Nichols Academy as a Universalist Church institution in 1815. He resigned from the board in 1823 amid personal financial problems and because of the school's changing religious affiliation. Nichols died in West Scituate, Massachusetts on July 17, 1849.
- A1 - Ammidown, H., Historical Collections, Volume 1, (1874) p. 423 https://books.google.com/books?id=WdM6AQAAMAAJ