Robert C. Nicholas
|Robert Carter Nicholas|
|United States Senator
January 13, 1836 – March 3, 1841
|Preceded by||George A. Waggaman|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Barrow|
January 10, 1787|
|Died||December 24, 1856
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Born in Hanover, Virginia on January 10, 1787, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Nicholas joined the United States Army in 1808, receiving a commission as a Captain in the 7th Infantry.
Nicholas was promoted to Major in 1810 and became Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Infantry in 1810. He served with his regiment in the War of 1812, including combat at the Battle of Chippewa. After serving with the 30th Infantry, in 1814 he was promoted to Colonel, and he commanded the 8th Infantry until resigning his commission in 1819.
Nicholas was elected as a Jacksonian (later a Democrat) to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator-elect Charles E.A. Gayarre, and served from January 13, 1836, to March 3, 1841.
- Nicholas Family Bible, Virginia Historical Society and The Filson Club of Louisville, Kentucky
- United States Senate, Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1810, page 309
- Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, Kentucky in the War of 1812, 1996, page 165
- United States War Department, A Compilation of Registers of the Army of the United States, from 1815 to 1837, 1837, page 19
- United States Senate, Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the United States Senate, Volume 3, 1821, page 235
- Jeanne Frois, Louisiana Almanac: 2006-2007, 2006, page 555
- The Boardman, Volumes 6-8, 1951, page 5
- New Orleans Evening Picayune, Death notice, Robert Carter Nicholas, copied from Houma Ceres newspaper, December 29, 1856
|United States Senate|
George A. Waggaman
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Alexander Porter, Alexandre Mouton