Arthur Howard Nichols (1840 – 1923)
Dr. Arthur Howard Nichols grew up in Boston's North End where he referred to himself as a "North End hooligan." This "hooligan" graduated from Harvard College in 1862 and Harvard Medical School in 1866. Following medical school, he continued his studies in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin. In 1869, he married Elizabeth Fischer Homer with whom he had three daughters and one son, Sidney, who sadly died at age six. In 1885, Dr. Nichols purchased, in his wife's name, the "Bulfinch house" that would later become the Nichols House Museum. While Dr. Nichols held many eccentric interests, his passion was hand bell ringing, which he passed on to his daughter Margaret.
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