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Joseph Hopper Nicholson

Born: May 15, 1770

Death: Mar 4, 1817

Birthplace: Chestertown

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Joseph Hopper Nicholson

Date of Birth : May 15, 1770
Date of Death : Mar 4, 1817
Birth Place : Chestertown

Joseph Hopper Nicholson was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician from Maryland. Born in Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland, Nicholson graduated from Washington College in 1787 and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced, and also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1796 to 1798. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1799 until his resignation on March 1, 1806. In Congress, Nicholson was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in January 1804 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against John Pickering, judge of the United States District Court for New Hampshire, and in December of the same year against Samuel Chase, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nicholson was significantly ill in February 1801 when the House decided the Election of 1800, yet was carried on a stretcher to the Capitol to vote for Jefferson. During the War of 1812, Nicholson participated in the defense of Fort McHenry.


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