Born in Southampton, New York, Halsey moved to Herkimer County in 1793 with his parents, who settled in what is now the town of Lodi, New York. He attended the common schools. He moved to Tompkins County and settled near Trumansburg in 1808. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and milling. Supervisor for Ulysses, New York in 1812, 1814, 1815, 1818, 1821, and 1826. He served as member of the State assembly in 1816 and again in 1824. Sheriff of Tompkins County 1819–1821.
Halsey was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1834. He was appointed judge of the Tompkins County Court on February 11, 1834. He resumed the milling business. He died while on a visit in Marshall, Michigan, March 3, 1865. He was interred in Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, New York.
- United States Congress. "Nicoll Halsey (id: H000089)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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