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John Conover Nichols

John Conover Nichols (August 31, 1896 – November 7, 1945) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

John Conover Nichols
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1935 – July 3, 1943
Preceded byWilliam W. Hastings
Succeeded byWilliam G. Stigler
Personal details
Born(1896-08-31)August 31, 1896
Joplin, Missouri
DiedNovember 7, 1945(1945-11-07) (aged 49)
Asmara, Eritrea
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marion Young Nichols
ChildrenNina Jean Nichols Dan Nichols
Alma materKansas State Teachers College
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1917 to 1919
Unit19th Infantry
Battles/warsWorld War I


Born in Joplin, Missouri, Nichols was the son of John Adams and Mary Catherine Conover Nichols. He attended the public schools in Joplin, Missouri, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the teachers college at Emporia, Kansas. He married Marion Young in Tulsa on March 30, 1921. She was the daughter of William Buford and Nina Young of Eufaula. The Nichols had a daughter, Nina Jean, and a son, Dan. He studied law in the office of his brother in Eufaula, Oklahoma; and was admitted to the bar association in 1926 and commenced practice in Eufaula, Oklahoma.[1]


During World War I Nichols served in the 19th Infantry, United States Army from 1917 to 1919.

Nichols was elected as a Democrat to the 74th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on July 3, 1943,[2] to become vice president of Transcontinental & Western Airlines. While in office, he served on the Rivers and Harbors, Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Territories Committees. In 1935 and 1937 he was also a member of a special committee that went to Hawaii to hold hearings on statehood. His legislative interests focused on American Indians, soil conservation, old-age pensions, Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camps, and aviation.[3]


Still vice president of Transcontinental & Western Airlines, Nichols died in an airplane crash at Asmara, Eritrea, on November 7, 1945. He was interred in the United States military cemetery at Asmara, Eritrea; and reinterred at Greenwood Cemetery, Eufaula, Oklahoma.[4]


  1. ^ "John Conover Nichols". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "John Conover Nichols". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "John Conover Nichols". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ "John Conover Nichols". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 May 2013.

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