Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Dallas F. Nicholas (1903-1966)
MSA SC 3520-13705


Born November 24th, 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Son of Luther Nicholas and Carina (Campbell) Nicholas.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, April 8, 1930.  Married Ida N. Nicholas.  Died of cancer on October 7, 1966.  Buried in Arbutus Memorial Park, Baltimore, Maryland..

African-American lawyer, Baltimore.  Member, Monumental City Bar Association, Baltimore.
Served on the School Board (1950-1952); he also served on the board of directors of Provident Hospital, the Urban League, and the YMCA;  he was instrumental in the formation of the law partnership of Nicholas and Gonell in 1935 where he practiced for more than 30 years; he went to St. Elizabeth's Convent School Cernwells Heights, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania(?) and earned a law degree from Howard University in 1926; in the 40's, he and his partner succeeded in challenging  segregation ordinances which barred  African-Americans from  playing golf anywhere else in the city except at Carroll Park; they were triumphant in having all public golf courses in Baltimore open to African-Americans.  The Nicholas and Gonell helped young lawyers by giving them opportunities to do internships.  He was a legal advisor to minority groups like:  the Colored Municipal  Employees Association, the Black women's branch of the Women's Civic League and the St. James Episcopal Church.  He held membership in:  the Frontier Club, the Omega Pi Phi fraternity, and the Sigma Phi Phi for professionals.1


1. "D.F. Nicholas Services Set," The Sun, 10 October 1966.

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