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Wilson Cary NICHOLAS

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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."

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