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William Jones Nicholson, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, 1919, “for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services”; Distinguished Service Cross for “distinguished and exceptional gallantry at Bois de Bouge on September 29, 1918”; officer, Legion of Honor (France); promoted brigadier general regular army, February 28, 1927, by special act of Congress.


Nicholson, William Jones was born on January 16, 1856 in Washington, District of Columbia. Son of Commodore Somerville (United States Navy) and Hannah (Jones) N.


Graduate Infantry and Cavalry School, 1883. Doctor of Laws, Georgetown University, 1919.


Commissioned Second lieutenant cavalry, United States of America, August 15, 1876. Advanced through grades to colonel, August 24, 1912. Brigadier general N.A., August 5, 1917.


Served in Spanish-American War, Mexican Punitive Expedition, and as commander Camp Meade, 1917, Camp Upton, 1918.


Married Harriette Fenlon, February 6, 1833. Children: William Fenlon, Mistress.

Commodore Somerville Nicholson

Harriette Fenlon

William Fenlon Nicholson

Mrs Nicholson