John I. Nicks

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John I. Nicks (1822 Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York – 1897) was an American politician from New York.


He attended the common schools, and then was apprenticed to a tobacconist in Red Hook. He pursued this trade for a time in Brooklyn, and then removed to Ithaca where he was foreman of a large tobacco factory. In 1847, he removed to Elmira, where he opened a tobacco shop and manufactured cigars.

He was a Supervisor (2nd Ward) of the Village of Elmira in 1851, and later a trustee of the village, a member of the Board of Education, and Chief Engineer of the Fire Department. In 1862, he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Tax Assessor for the 27th District of New York, and was removed from office by President Andrew Johnson in August 1866.

Nicks was Mayor of Elmira from March 1865 to March 1867; and a member of the New York State Senate (27th D.) from 1867 to 1869, sitting in the 90th, 91st and 92nd New York State Legislatures.

He was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira.


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Political offices
Preceded by
John Arnot, Jr.
Mayor of Elmira, New York
Succeeded by
Eaton N. Frisbie
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Stephen T. Hayt
New York State Senate
27th District

Succeeded by
Theodore L. Minier