George Nicholas papers, 1794-1911, 1780-1809 (bulk dates)

Descriptive Summary

Title
George Nicholas papers, 1794-1911, 1780-1809 (bulk dates)
Creator
Nicholas, George, 1754?-1799.
Extent
1M52W105: 15 pieces, 1M52W132: 12 pieces.
Subjects
Bell, Montomery.
Daveiss, Joseph Hamilton, 1774-1811.
Hart, Thomas, 1730-1808.
Morrison, James, 1755-1823.
Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826.
Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946.
Court records--Kentucky--Lexington.
Decedents' estates--Kentucky.
Politicians--Correspondence.
Lists
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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.
Scope and Content
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.

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