Judge Peter R. Nuessle was born in Rochester, New York, on February 26, 1945. His parents are Frederick A. Nuessle, deceased, formerly a chemical engineer with DuPont, and Mary DePotter Nuessle.
At age six, Judge Nuessle moved to Aiken, South Carolina, with his family since his father was involved in the early stages of the Savannah River Plant. He was educated in the public schools of Aiken County and graduated from Aiken High School, where he lettered in football and track. In 1967 he received his bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary , Williamsburg, Va. While at William and Mary, he was a member of Sigma Chi. He graduated from the University of South Carolina of Law, receiving his juris doctorate degree in 1970.
After law school, Judge Nuessle returned to Aiken to enter private practice with the law firm of Garvin and Grant, which later expanded to become Garvin, Grant, Fox, Nuessle, Zier and Burkhalter with offices in Aiken, North Augusta, and Hilton Head. In 1980 he became General Counsel for the South Carolina State Housing Authority. During his spare time Judge Nuessle assisted in coaching Little League baseball and taught Business Law at Aiken Technical College. He also served on the board of Mead Hall Episcopal School. Presently, he is a member of the Aiken County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association. Judge Nuessle is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Graniteville, where he has served as a member of the vestry, senior warden, and secretary .He is married to the former Barbara Marie Patterson, whom he met while both were working in the City of Aiken Recreation Department's summer day camp program. He and Barbara have two adult children.