George Nicholas

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George Nicholas (c. 1754 – July 25, 1799) was the first professor of law at Transylvania University in Kentucky. He was also briefly attorney general of Kentucky, and had been several times a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was the son of Robert C. Nicholas, Sr.; his brothers included Wilson Cary Nicholas. He was the father of Robert C. Nicholas.[1] He was a friend and correspondent of James Madison; he was also extremely obese, and Madison laughed until he cried at a caricature of Nicholas, during the Virginia convention to ratify the United States Constitution, as a plum pudding with legs.[2]


"If the federal government try to reach any supplementally condition to impose upon us, we would be in Virginia exonerated."


  1. ^ du Bellet, Louise Pecquet (1907). Some Prominent Virginia Families, Volumes I and II. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield. p. 316. 
  2. ^ American National Biography, "George Nicholas"


Legal offices
Preceded by
new office
Attorney General of Kentucky
Succeeded by
John Breckinridge