Nicholas, Wilson Cary, 1757-1820.

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Dates:
Birth 1761-01-31
Death 1820-10-10

Biographical notes:

Wilson Cary Nicholas, from Albemarle County, Virginia, fought in the Revolution, and became a politician, serving in the Virginia General Assembly, 1784-89, 1794-1799, as a U.S. senator, 1799-1804, and as a congressman, 1807-1809. He was governor of Virginia from 1814-1816, and a close associate of Jefferson.

From the description of Papers, 1800-1805, 1815-1816. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122609119

The son of Robert Carter Nicholas (1728-1780) and Anne Cary Nicholas (1735-1786), Wilson Cary Nicholas was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, 31 January 1761. He attended the College of William and Mary, and commanded George Washington's Life Guard until it disbanded in 1783. Nicholas married Margaret Smith (1765-1849) of the prominent Smith family of Baltimore, Maryland. He served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1784 to 1789 and in the Virginia convention to ratify the Federal Constitution. He returned to the House of Delegates from 1794 to 1800, at which time he was elected to finish the Senate term of Henry Tazewell (1753-1799), who had died. Nicholas served in the United States Senate until 1804, when he resigned to become collector of the port of Norfolk, Virginia, a position he held from 1804 to 1807. Elected to the United States House of Representatives, Nicholas served from 1807 to 1809. He later served as governor of Virginia from 11 December 1814 to 11 December 1816. Nicholas died at Tufton in Albemarle County, Virginia, 10 October 1820, and was buried at Monticello, home of his friend, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).

From the guide to the Papers, 1800-1816, (Library of Virginia)

Governor of Virginia and U.S. Congressman and Senator.

From the description of Letter to Samuel Smith, 1816 March 5. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 53062358

Army officer, U.S. senator, and governor of Virginia.

From the description of Papers of Wilson Cary Nicholas, 1765-1831 (bulk 1765-1820). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83609199

U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia.

From the description of Letters to Samuel Smith, 1806-1810. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 34336572

U. S. Congressman and Senator; governor of Virginia.

From the description of Papers of Wilson Cary Nicholas including material on William and Mary College [manuscript] 1751-1850. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647962716

U.S. senator and governor of Virginia.

From the description of Letter to Albert Gallatin [manuscript], 1816 May 30. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647986592

Soldier and statesman, of Richmond, Va.

From the description of Papers, 1801-1817. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20030555

Wingfield lived at "Bellair" in Albemarle County, Va. Married Mary Lewis. Appointed magistrate in 1794 and served as sheriff in 1819. Family tradition (unproven) that he was an Episcopal minister. He died in 1819.

From the description of Land grant, 1816 June 5, to Charles Wingfield. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 15347828

Revolutionary soldier and Governor of Virginia.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Warren, to Thomas Jefferson and endorsed by him, 1810 Jul. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611446

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Subjects:

  • Canals
  • Banks and banking--History
  • Land grants--History--19th century
  • Agriculture
  • Governor
  • Flour mills
  • Seals (Numismatics)
  • Public works--History--19th century
  • Administration of estates
  • Public schools--History--19th century
  • Merino sheep
  • Tobacco industry
  • Pork industry and trade
  • Slaves
  • guardian and ward

Occupations:

  • Governors--Virginia
  • Army officers
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--Virginia

Places:

  • Virginia--Albemarle County (as recorded)
  • Norfolk (Va.) (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (State) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • James River and Kanawha Canal (Va.) (as recorded)
  • Monongalia County (W. Va.) (as recorded)
  • West (U.S.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Albemarle County (Va.) (as recorded)
  • Virginia--Albemarle County (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Albemarle County (Va.) (as recorded)
  • Kentucky (as recorded)