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George Nicholas papers
1794-1911, 1780-1809 (bulk dates)
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], George Nicholas papers, 1794-1911. 1780-1809 (bulk dates), 1VF52W32, AAN2352LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
1M52W105: 15 pieces, 1M52W132: 12 pieces.
State Attorney General and Legislator, College Professor. Nichols, a graduate of William and Mary College, was a Revolutionary War officer and a Virginia legislator before coming to Kentucky. He was a member of the convention which framed Kentucky's first constitution in 1792 and he became the first state Attorney General. Nicholas was also a professor of law and politics at Transylvania Seminary.
These papers contain letters and other materials concerning the financial and legal activities of George Nicholas. The materials include a number of letters about Nicholas's personal finances, primarily addressed to Colonel Thomas Hart. There are also several receipts and legal papers pertaining to the settlement of Nicholas's estate, including lists of items purchased on credit from 1789 through 1791. Isaac Shelby was one of the arbitrators in the dispute over the estate's land holdings. The estate settlement involved legal proceedings between James Morrison and Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (executors) and Montgomery Bell. There are also letters to Judge Samuel Wilson, the collector of these papers.