Samuel Nicholas

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Samuel Nicholas (1744 – August 27, 1790) was an American marine and officer who 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.

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Samuel Nicholas
Portrait by Maj. Donna J. Neary, USMCR, 1989. Hangs in the Marine Corps Commandant's house.[1]
Born1744 (1744)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died27 August 1790 (aged 4546)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Place of burial
AllegianceBetsy_Ross_flag.svg United States
Service/branchGadsden_Flag.svg Continental Marines
Years of service1775–1783
Commands heldCommandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War