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Nichols family's Laurel legacy goes back generations [History Matters]

Nichols family's Laurel legacy goes back generations [History Matters]

There are quite a few families that can claim many generations of Laurel nativity, but the Nichols family has the unique distinction of actually helping build and shape the community. The family’s Laurel roots go back to 1870, but their ancestry in America can be traced back almost 250 years, before the Revolutionary War.

Most of the information for this story came from two sources. First, a series of interviews with C. Philip Nichols Jr., the recently “retired” chief judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland. Although his mandatory retirement took place in July — state law required it on his 70th birthday — Nichols continues to hear cases on a part-time...

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