Robert C. Nicholas

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Robert Carter Nicholas
Robert Carter Nicholas.jpg
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
January 13, 1836 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by George A. Waggaman
Succeeded by Alexander Barrow
Personal details
Born (1787-01-10)January 10, 1787
Hanover, Virginia
Died December 24, 1856(1856-12-24) (aged 69)
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Political party Democratic

Robert Carter Nicholas (January 10, 1787 – December 24, 1856) was a United States Senator from Louisiana.


Born in Hanover, Virginia on January 10, 1787, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.[1] Nicholas joined the United States Army in 1808, receiving a commission as a Captain in the 7th Infantry.[2]

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.[3][4]

He relocated to Kentucky, and was appointed U.S. Indian Agent to the Chickasaw Nation in 1821.[5] Nicholas subsequently moved to Louisiana, where he became a sugar planter in Terrebonne Parish.

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.

He was Secretary of State of Louisiana in 1845. From 1849 to 1853 he was Louisiana's Superintendent of Education.[6][7]

Nicholas died in Terrebonne Parish on December 24, 1856.[8] Interment was in the Burthe vault, St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans.


Nicholas was a nephew of John Nicholas a U.S. Representative and Wilson Cary Nicholas, a U.S. Senator and Representative, both of Virginia.

Robert Nicholas was the son of George Nicholas (1754–1799) and grandson of Robert Carter Nicholas (1728–1780).


  1. ^ Nicholas Family Bible, Virginia Historical Society and The Filson Club of Louisville, Kentucky
  2. ^ United States Senate, Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1810, page 309
  3. ^ Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, Kentucky in the War of 1812, 1996, page 165
  4. ^ United States War Department, A Compilation of Registers of the Army of the United States, from 1815 to 1837, 1837, page 19
  5. ^ United States Senate, Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the United States Senate, Volume 3, 1821, page 235
  6. ^ Jeanne Frois, Louisiana Almanac: 2006-2007, 2006, page 555
  7. ^ The Boardman, Volumes 6-8, 1951, page 5
  8. ^ New Orleans Evening Picayune, Death notice, Robert Carter Nicholas, copied from Houma Ceres newspaper, December 29, 1856

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United States Senate
Preceded by
George A. Waggaman
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Alexander Porter, Alexandre Mouton
Succeeded by
Alexander Barrow