Eugenius Aristides Nisbet Edit Profile
He attended the Powellton Academy in Hancock County, Georgia from 1815 to 1817, the University of South Carolina in Columbia from 1817 to 1819, and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with an Bachelor of Arts in 1821. Nisbet then attended the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut.
He attended Powellton Academy and the University of South Carolina, graduated first in his class from the University of Georgia in 1821, and studied law in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1822. He was admitted to the bar by special permission because he was under age and began his practice in Madison, Georgia, on the Ocmulgee Circuit in 1824. He became a successful lawyer.
On April 12, 1825, Nisbet married Amanda Battle, by whom he had twelve children. One of his daughters married Confederate General Martin L. Smith. Nisbet was a Presbyterian.
He was active in Whig politics and ran for political office. He served in the state House from 1827 to 1830 and in the Senate from 1830 to 1837, when he moved to Macon. He was a states’ rights Whig and a follower of the Troup faction and later became a leader of the Know-Nothing party in Georgia.
He lost a close race for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1836 but ran again in 1838 and won, serving from 1839 to 1841. From 1845 to 1853, he was one of the first three associate judges of the state Supreme Court. He became a Democrat in 1855, supporting James Buchanan and later Stephen Douglas for the presidency.
In 1850, he was the president of a state educational convention. He also continued the practice of law in Macon. Nisbet became a secessionist in the late 1850s.
As a member of the of the secession convention, he was chairman of the committee which drew up the Ordinance of Secession. He was elected to the provisional Confederate Congress and served on the committee to draft the provisional Constitution and the Foreign Affairs and Territories Committees. He supported a single term of eight years for the president.
When Nisbet resigned from Congress on December 10, 1861, the Confederacy lost one of its most able politicians. He ran unsuccessfully for governor against Joseph Brown in 1861. Nisbet practiced law in Macon throughout the war, and he volunteered for judicial duty.
After the war, he wrote and lectured, and in 1868 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Georgia.
"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.
Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.
Member Georgia House of Representatives, 1827-1829, Georgia Senate, 1829-1832, 34-35. Member United States House of Representatives from Georgia, 26th-27th congresses, 1838-1842. Member Georgia Secession Convention, 1861, favored secession.
Married Amanda Battle, April.