John C. Nicholls

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John Calhoun Nicholls (April 25, 1834 – December 25, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia.

Born in Clinton, Georgia, Nicholls attended private schools and graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1855. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1855 and practiced in Clinch and Ware Counties, Georgia. He was practicing law in Waynesville, Wayne County, Georgia by 1860.[1] During the Civil War he first served in the Confederate States Army as captain, Sea Coast Guard, commissioned a brigadier general of the 2nd Brigade of the 6th Division Georgia Militia, and then served as a captain, Company I, of the Fourth Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.[2] After the war, Nicholls was a lawyer in Blackshear, Georgia.[3] He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1865, as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876, and in the State senate, 1870–75. Nicholls was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881), was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880, but was elected to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885). After becoming an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884, he resumed the practice of law in Blackshear, Georgia, where he died December 25, 1893. He was interred in Blackshear Cemetery.

Nicholls is the namesake of the city of Nicholls, Georgia.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, p. 330 Note though that Waynesville is not in Wayne County...
  2. ^ Smith, p. 331
  3. ^ Smith, p. 331
  4. ^ Logue, Victoria; Logue, Frank (1997). Touring the Backroads of North and South Georgia. John F. Blair, Publisher. p. 397. ISBN 978-0-89587-171-8. 

References[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Bennett Fleming
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
George R. Black
Preceded by
George R. Black
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Norwood

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.