Biography of John G. Nicholson
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Nicholson, John G., son of James and Agnes (Greenhill) Nicholson, was born in London, England, August 24, 1865. He is, however, oE Scotch descent, both of his parents having been natives of Scotland. During his early youth he attended private schools and later for two years the City of London College. Having completed his schooling he entered a London broker's office when but fifteen years of age and remained there until he reached his twentieth year. At that time he came to this country, settling first in Norwich, Conn., where a cousin was conducting a large retail dry goods store. He worked in this store as a clerk for a period of two years and then went to Fall River to engage in the life insurance business. Leaving Fall River within a year he accepted a position as bookkeeper for William H. Washburn, a dealer in builders' supplies, and in this position gained an extensive knowledge of the lumber trade, and in 1892, with Elzeard Fournier, formed a copartnership for the conduct of a general planing mill business under the name of Fournier & Nicholson. They started the enterprise in a small way, with little capital and machinery, and having met with a large measure of success are now carrying a large stock and operating a plant of the first class. During his business career in New Bedford Mr. Nicholson has gained many friends. He is a member of Eureka Lodge of Masons, and the Chapter, Council, Commandery and Shrine. In 1898 he was appointed a member of the Cemetery Commission for a term of three years by joint convention. He married first, Annie M. Priestley, daughter of George Priestley of New Bedford; his second wife, Helen E. Priestley, was also a daughter of George Priestley.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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