06 June 2010

Hon. David B. Nicholson, a Biographical Sketch

From Memoirs of Georgia, Volume II by The Southern Historical Association, 1895.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum 2004.

Hon. David B. NICHOLSON, solicitor of the county court of Wilcox county, postoffice Rochelle, Ga., and a lawyer of superior ability, is a native of North Carolina, in which state, Duplin county, he was born Sept. 19, 1853. His father was the late Rev. David B. Nicholson of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, who was for years one of the most gifted divines in the North Carolina conference. Mr. Nicholson is a college-bred man, having graduated at that justly celebrated school, Trinity college, N.C., in 1875. The early part of his career was spent in the school rooms of his native state, where he occupied good positions, for two years being a teacher in the academic department in the Clinton Female institute. Concluding to enter the legal profession he began reading in 1880 under the preceptorship of Col. William A. Allen of Kenansville, N.C., and was there admitted to the bar. He remained at Clinton until March of 1893, when he concluded to become a Georgian, and is now, as stated, a member of the bar of Wilcox county, where he expects to pass the remainder of his days. Mr. Nicholson was a man of considerable prominence in North Carolina, where he was esteemed for his rare qualities of head and heart. In 1881 he represented Duplin county in the lower house of the legislature, and in 1887-88-89 was reading clerk of the senate. In 1891-92-93 he was assistant chief clerk of the house. Soon after coming to Georgia he was appointed solicitor of the county by Gov. Northern and at the next session of the general assembly the appointment was confirmed. He is a fine judge of law and formidable opponent before a jury. The thorough manner in which he has taken up his work in the home of his adoption augurs well for his future success. Mr. Nicholson was happily married in Sampson county, N.C., in 1876, to Miss Katie Powell, and is the father of five sons and one daughter: Luke P., Justin L., Edwin F., Mary Z. and David B., Jr., and James M. Nicholson.

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