Samuel J. Nicholls

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Samuel Jones Nicholls
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
September 14, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byJoseph T. Johnson
Succeeded byJohn J. McSwain
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Spartanburg County
In office
January 8, 1907 – February 12, 1909
Personal details
Born(1885-05-07)May 7, 1885
Spartanburg, South Carolina
DiedNovember 23, 1937(1937-11-23) (aged 52)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Resting placeSpartanburg, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWofford College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
University of Chicago
Military service
Branch/serviceSouth Carolina National Guard
CommandsCompany I, First Infantry Regiment

Samuel Jones Nicholls (May 7, 1885 – November 23, 1937) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He attended Bingham Military Institute in Asheville, North Carolina; Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia; and the law department of the University of Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1906 and commenced practice in Spartanburg.

Nicholls was the city attorney of Spartanburg and prosecuting attorney of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives 1907-1908. He served by special appointment as circuit judge and as associate justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. He also organized and was captain for three years of Company I, First Regiment, South Carolina National Guard Infantry.

Nicholls was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph T. Johnson. He was reelected to the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Congresses and served from September 14, 1915 to March 3, 1921 and declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1920. He resumed the practice of law in Spartanburg, South Carolina until his death there on November 23, 1937. He is buried in West Oakwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Samuel J. Nicholls (id: N000088)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph T. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

1915 – 1921
Succeeded by
John J. McSwain