Otis Nichols

(1798-1876). A Millerite, one of the first to accept Joseph Bates’s teachings of the seventh-day Sabbath. Having begun to keep the Sabbath in 1845, he offered the hospitality of his home at Dorchester (now South Boston), Massachusetts, and his means to the traveling preachers of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Ellen White wrote about him and his wife: “They were ever ready with words of encouragement to comfort me . . . , and often their prayers ascended to heaven in my behal” (2SG 68). In his home, on Nov. 8, 1848, she had the vision in which she was shown the need of the publishing work. A lithographer by trade, he prepared the prophetic charts used by the early Adventist evangelists.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.