NICHOLAS, Robert Carter, (1793 - 1857)

Senate Years of Service: 1836-1841
Party: Jacksonian; Democrat

NICHOLAS, Robert Carter, (nephew of John Nicholas and Wilson Cary Nicholas), a Senator from Louisiana; born in Hanover, Hanover County, Va., in 1793; served in the War of 1812 as captain and major; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; moved to Louisiana and became a sugar planter in Terrebonne Parish in 1820; elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator-elect Charles E.A. Gayarre and served from January 13, 1836, to March 3, 1841; secretary of State of Louisiana 1843-1846, when he resigned; died in Terrebonne Parish, La., on December 24, 1857; interment in the Burthe vault, St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, La.