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Mr. George Nicoll Nichols, a great printer, compositor, and slave owner, was born,

November 12,1822, in Chatham County, Georgia. He died at the lawful age of eighty-two at his residence, No 17, 39th Street, East, April 13,1905, Savannah, Georgia. During his life, the city of Savannah was facing many changes. The fires that engulfed many historic sections of the city, the Civil War that took the lives of many prestigious citizens, political changes, the Reconstruction, and the yellow fever epidemics of the 1850's and the 1870 's were only a few events that reflected the changes in a city that grew from a population of 14,000 in 1850 into that of 54,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. His business interests were Real Estate, a Print, Binder, and Blank Book Manufacturer, Newspaper Publisher, and one of the founders and directors of the Citizen Mutual Loan Association, afterward, the Citizen's Bank. Mr. Nichols was also associated with several prominent clubs in the community which included the Board of Aldermen from 1869 to 1871 and again from 1883 to 1891. Nichols married Maria E. Nungezer in 1848 and together they had five children, two of whom were twin boys buried at White Bluff. Maria E. Nichols died in 1872 and Mr. Nichols remarried Mary Jane (Minnie) Mongin in 1873. They had three children. The Nichols descendants were and remained active members of the Savannah community in the fields of education, medicine, and civic organizations.

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George Nicoll Nichols (1822-1905)