Hugh L. Nichols

Hugh Llewellyn Nichols
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
March 1, 1911  January 13, 1913
Governor Judson Harmon
Preceded by Atlee Pomerene
Succeeded by W. A. Greenlund
Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
September 22, 1913  December 31, 1920
Appointed by James M. Cox
Preceded by various, not elective
Succeeded by Carrington T. Marshall
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd & 4th district
In office
January 3, 1898  December 31, 1899
Preceded by Lee A. Tissander
Succeeded by Emmons B. Stivers, W. F. Roudebush
Personal details
Born (1865-03-25)March 25, 1865
New Richmond, Ohio
Died December 29, 1942(1942-12-29) (aged 77)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place Batavia Union Cemetery, Batavia, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Louisa Dean Sterling
Children none
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University
Cincinnati Law School
Religion Presbyterian

Hugh Llewellyn Nichols (March 25, 1865 – December 29, 1942)[1][2] was an American politician who served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1911 to 1913 and Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio 1913 to 1920.[3]


Hugh L. Nichols was born March 25, 1865 at New Richmond, Clermont County, Ohio from parents of Scotch-Irish descent. He was educated in the public schools of Batavia, Ohio, and at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Cincinnati Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1886.[4]

In 1887 Nichols married to Miss Dean Stirling of Batavia, Ohio.[4]

In the Autumn of 1897, Nichols was elected to the Ohio State Senate to represent the 2nd and 4th Districts, (Butler, Warren, Clermont, and Brown County, Ohio), for the 73rd General Assembly, 1898–1899.[5] In the 1898 election, he was nominated by the Democrats for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court, but lost to Republican William T. Spear. He was a delegate to the 1900 Democratic National Convention, and was Chairman of the Democratic State Executive Committee, where he managed the successful campaign of Governor Harmon.[4]

In 1911, Lieutenant Governor Atlee Pomerene was elected to the United States Senate and resigned. Governor Harmon appointed Nichols to fill the vacancy, and he was re-elected in 1912.[4]

Nichols was appointed September 22, 1913 to the new position of Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor Cox, and elected to a full six-year term in 1914, serving until the end of 1920. He lost re-election in 1920.[6]

After defeat in 1920, Nichols founded the Cincinnati firm Nichols, Wood, Marx and Ginter, where he was senior partner until his death.[6]

In 1922, Nichols was appointed chairman of the U. S. Grant Memorial Centenary Association, which directed the restoration of the Grant Birthplace in Point Pleasant, Ohio, and directed the state to acquire it.[6]

On October 19, 1942, Nichols was admitted to Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati with a fractured vertebra. He died there of a coronary thrombosis December 29, 1942, and was buried in Batavia Union Cemetery. He had an adopted daughter, Amy House Nichols, who preceded him in death.

Nichols was a Presbyterian.[7]


  1. McDannald, A.H. (1943). The Americana annual: an encyclopedia of current events. Americana corporation. ISSN 0196-0180. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  2. Ohio Legislative History: 1909-1912. 1. F.J. Heer Printing. 1912. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  3. "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Mercer, James K. (1913). Ohio Legislative History: 1909-1913. Columbus: Edward T Miller. p. 315.
  5. Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio. p. 249.
  6. 1 2 3 "Hugh L. Nichols". The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System.
  7. William, Byron (1913). History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio: Biographical. Milford, Ohio: Hobart Publishing Company. pp. 220–222.
Political offices
Preceded by
Atlee Pomerene
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
W. A. Greenlund
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