J. Hugh Nichols was born on November 27, 1930, and died on December 8, 2015.
He served as the County Executive of Howard County, Maryland.
Hugh served one term as part of the Howard County Charter Commission after ballots were contested for not having enough signature to qualify.
In February 1968, Hugh became a member of the planning commission as Columbia, Maryland was undergoing its first phases of construction.
Hugh left the post in November 1968 to run for the new position of Howard County Council.
In the 1970s Nichols helped form the Maryland State Lottery.
Hugh would later work with the Lottery Board of Louisiana to help form their lottery in the 1990s.
Hugh became a Maryland State Delegate from 1971 to 1978.
In 1975, Hugh proposed all school instruction materials would need to be screened for content before purchase.
In 1976, he was part of a Maryland State delegation to China.
In 1978, Hugh was the deputy secretary for State budget and planning.
J. Hugh Nichols passed away at age 85 in December 2015.