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NICHOLAS, Wilson Cary

1761–1820

Biography

NICHOLAS, Wilson Cary, (brother of John Nicholas and uncle of Robert Carter Nicholas), a Senator and a Representative from Virginia; born in Williamsburg, Va., January 31, 1761; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; served in Albemarle County Militia during the Revolutionary War; member, State house of delegates 1784-1789; delegate to the State constitutional convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788; member, State house of delegates 1794-1800; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Tazewell and served from December 5, 1799, until May 22, 1804, when he resigned to become collector of the port of Norfolk 1804-1807; elected to the Tenth and Eleventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1807, until his resignation November 27, 1809; Governor of Virginia 1814-1817; died at "Tufton," near Charlottesville, Va., October 10, 1820; interment in the Jefferson burying ground at "Monticello," near Charlottesville.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 3 official letters (August 13, 1802-December 3, 1803) in the DeWitt Clinton collection.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1765-1831. 1,100 items. Correspondence, accounts, invoices, plats, bills of lading, and indentures relating to his career and to family and business matters.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1801-1818. 10 letters.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1810. 1 item.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: Biographical sketch in Bayne and Gayle family papers, 1821-1963.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1751-1850. Ca. 3,000 items. Business, personal and political papers and photographs of a portrait. Finding aid.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items, photographs of portrait, and portrait.

Virginia State Library and Archives

Richmond, VA
Papers: 1814-1816. Ca. 3 feet. Gubernatorial papers and executive letterbook (1813-1816).
Additional Papers: Miscellaneous papers (1800-1805, 1815-1816); items in Tazewell family papers, 1790-1848; and Tucker-Ewell papers, 1770-1893. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Southard Hay autograph collection, 1750-1885.
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