Marian Clarke Nichols (1874 – 1963)

Marian Clarke Nichols, the second daughter of Dr. Arthur and Elizabeth Nichols, grew up sandwiched between her intelligent and dominant older sister Rose and the lively athleticism of the young Margaret. Marian graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1899. Like her mother and sisters, she was a social activist but focused her concerns locally with work to improve the status of women and the working class. She ran as an independent candidate for the Massachusetts State Legislature for Ward 8 in 1920 but lost to her male opponent.

Marian Clarke Nichols
1875 – 22 months
Marian Clarke Nichols
c. 1884 – 11 years
Marian Clarke Nichols
c. 1890 – 17 years
Marian Clarke Nichols
c. 1928 – 55 years

The Beacon Hill Civic Association

In 1922, Marian Nichols organized Beacon Hill residents into action against City Hall in order to save the brick sidewalks from being paved over. Thus the Beacon Hill Civic Association was born. Since then, the Association has been dedicated to preserving the historic character of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

For more information, please visit http://www.bhcivic.org