Roy Nichols returns to Myers Inn to address the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 Tuesday evening, October 9, about “Presidents Who Argued Before the Supreme Court.” Nichols spoke to the group earlier in the year on “Vice-Presidents Who Went Rogue.” which turned out to be a very entertaining as well as enlightening program. This program is free and the public is invited to attend.
There have been 8 Presidents who argued cases before the Supreme Court: John Quincy Adams, James K. Polk, Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft and Richard M. Nixon. Some only presented one case, some several while Taft had 18 cases. Nichols will cover all eight men and their most significant cases.
Nichols graduated from Ashland High School and got his B.A. from Gordon College in Massachusetts in 1967 and a M.A.T from Oberlin College in 1968. He taught history and American government in Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio, while he attended law classes and earned his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1972.
From 1972-75 Roy served as the Assistant Counsel for Ohio Secretary of State (in Elections division). From 1975 to 1979 he was Chief of the Corporations Division for Ohio Secretary of State. From 1979-1983 he served as Chief of Legal Services Division of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (Legislative Liasion for DRC). From 1983-2007 he was in private law practice but taught classes at Columbus State and other local colleges.
Upon retirement he formed Nicholsworth Presentations and gives historical talks on a variety of subjects, is a Professional Storyteller and plays Santa. He is a member of Vaudvillities cast member (3 shows per year); Hanby House volunteer; Church choir; Silvertones Chorus; enjoys karaoke and ballroom dancing; Forever Young Theater Group (once per year); Gillie Payers (3 plays per year); Underground Railroad Study Group.
Roy is active in Faith Covenant Church, Blendon Senior Center, Westerville Senior Center, Gillie Rec Center, Storytellers of Central Ohio, 2 Civil War Round Table Groups; Ohio History Connection; Westerville Historical Society; Delaware County Historical Society and the Griswold Center in Worthington.
Myers Inn Museum is located opposite the southwest corner of Sunbury Village Square. It is open Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays noon to 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Information for this story was provided by Polly Horn.