Samuel Nicholas

Samuel Nicholas (1744 - 1790)

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Major Samuel Nicholas
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Aug 2017
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Categories: Continental Marines, American Revolution | Battle of Nassau | Battle of Trenton | Battle of Princeton | Society of the Cincinnati | Commandants of the United States Marine Corps.

Major Samuel Nicholas served Continental Marines during the American Revolution
Service started:
Service ended:
Preceded by
newly created
1st Commandant of the Marine Corps
Succeeded by
William Burrows


He was the first officer commissioned in the United States Continental Marines (predecessor to the United States Marine Corps) and by tradition is considered to be the first Commandant of the Marine Corps - served 11/28/1775 to 8/27/1783.

After the disbandment of the Continental Marines and Navy following the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783, Nicholas returned to civilian life and became an original member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati.


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