John Milton Nuckols

Kansas City Missouri; Its History and its People 1808-1908 by Carrie Westlake Whitney, Chicago, S J Clarke Pub Co, 1908 2083 pages. History of Kansas City, pg 511

John M Nuckols, United States commissioner at Kansas City , is filling the position at the age of eighty years. There is , perhaps, hardly in the entire country another official of that age, but to see and know Mr Nuckols one would feel that he is a much younger man because of his alert, enterprising spirit and his keen interest in the affairs of the day. He was born in Woodford County Kentucky on the 12th of Sept 1828, his parents being Samuel and Mary (Carlyle) Nuckols, both of whom were natives of the Blue Grass State, where they resided until called to their final rest, the death of the father occurring when he had reached the age of 77 while his wife died at the age of 82. He was a farmer by occupation and prior to the war owned a large number of slaves, having more than forty upon his place, their labor being utilized in the development and operation of his plantation. John M Nuckols was reared upon his fathers farm and acquired his preliminary education in private schools, while later he attended the Versailles Seminary and the Bethany College in West Virginia. On the 27th of April 1852, he was united in marriage to Miss Anne S Jackson and to them were born three children, but the younger son, John M who was born Nov 2, 1859 died May 16 1898. Robert H born in 1855 is a resident of Dayton, Ohio. He is married and has three children. The only daughter, Mr Howard McCreary, is now a widow and resides with her parents. Immediately after his marriage Mr Nuckols took up farming as an occupation, securing a tract of land for this purpose bordering the corporation limits of Versailles. There, he continued in the tilling of the soil until 1863 when he removed to Springfield, IL. Again he engaged in farming, having a tract of land about four miles from the city, but later he took up his abode in the capital and was elected county treasurer of Sangamon county in 1875. For one term he filled that position and was afterward variously engaged in business until 1889 when he removed to Kansas City. In August 1891 he was appointed clerk of the United States District Court and in 1892 was appointed Unites States commissioner, continuing to fill both offices until January 1906, when he resigned the former but is still the incumbent in the latter, which he has capably filled for sixteen years, while over the record of his official career there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicious of evil. Mr Nuckols is now in his eightieth year and it is doubtful if there is another man of his age so active and capable in Kansas City or indeed in the entire state. He is one of the most remarkably preserved men, possessing the vigor, enterprise and ambition of many a man of half his years. His wife, who is five years his junior, is scarcely less well preserved and that have now traveled life's journey together for fifty-six years sharing with each other in its joys and sorrows, its adversity and prosperity, their mutual love and confidence increasing as the years have gone by. Mr Nuckols is a democrat in politics and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Christian Church. He is a well known southern gentleman of the old school, courteous, affable, kindly and hospitable and moreover with a high sense of official and personal honor. .

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