Archives of Maryland
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Joseph H. Nicholson (1806-1872)
MSA SC 3520-13418

Biography:

Born October 10, 1806.  Son of Joseph Hopper Nicholson and Rebecca Lloyd Nicholson.  Graduated from Howard University.  Married Eliza Ann Hagner, April 10, 1827;  five children:  Joseph Hopper III, Frances Rebecca, Emily Erving, Mary Hagner, and another unidentified child.  Resided in Annapolis.  Died at his residence on June 2, 1872.

Practiced law, Baltimore and Annapolis.  Secretary and director of the Annapolis and Elkridge Railroad Company.  Presidential elector from Maryland; secretary and clerk of the electoral college in Annapolis, 1836.  Chief Clerk of the Maryland Senate before 1838.  Appointed secretary of state by Governor Thomas W. Veazey on October 8, 1838; served until early 1839 when Governor William Grason appointed Cornelius McLean secretary of state.  Appointed clerk of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in 1845 by Governor Thomas G. Pratt and served until 1851.  Appointed United States Consul at Tunis by President Millard Fillmore, 1851.  Appointed secretary of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, November, 1851.  Principal executive clerk of the United States Senate, 1850s until 1861.  Secessionist during the Civil War who refused to take the oath of loyalty to the Union in 1863.  Trustee, St. John's College.

Link to biography composed by intern Hunter Hammond, summer 2000, Anne Arundel County Clerks project.

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