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Wilson Cary NICHOLAS

Wilson Cary Nicholas, American senator, governor of Virginia. member Virginia House of Representatives, 1784-1788; member United States Senate from Virginia, 1799-March 22, 1804; member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 10th-11th congresses, 1807-November 27, 1809.

Background

  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary was born on January 31, 1761 in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Robert Carter and Anne (Cary) Nicholas.

  • Education

    • Graduated from College William and Mary, 1774.

    Career

    • Served in Continental Army, member George Washington’s Life Guard, until 1783. Member Virginia House of Representatives, 1784-1788. Delegate to Virginia Constitutional Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1788.

      Member United States Senate from Virginia, 1799-March 22, 1804. Collector Port of Norfolk, 1804-1807. Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 10th-11th congresses, 1807-November 27, 1809.

      Governor Virginia, 1814-1817.

    Politics

    During the deliberations, on June 6, 1788, Nicholas countered Patrick's Henry's objection that correcting defects in the new national Constitution by way of the Article V convention would be excessively difficult. Said Nicholas: "The conventions which shall be so called will have their deliberations confined to a few points; no local interest to divert their attention; nothing but the necessary alterations. They will have many advantages over the last Convention. No experiments to devise; the general and fundamental regulations being already laid down."

    Party affiliation: Democratic Republican Party

    Membership

    Member Virginia House of Representatives, 1784-1788. Member United States Senate from Virginia, 1799-March 22, 1804. Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 10th-11th congresses, 1807-November 27, 1809.

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Smith, circa 1781, 4 children.
    • father: Robert
    • mother: Anne
    • Wife: Margaret
    • brother: John
    • Remote Relative: Robert Charter
    • friend: Thomas
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    Died October 10, 1820
    (aged 59)
    Nationality
    • 1814
      Governor of Virginia
      Virginia, United States

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