Statesman, Patriot. He studied law at the College of William and Mary and practiced in the general court under the royal government. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1755 to 1761 as the representative from York County, and from 1766 to 1775 as the representative of James City County. He was Treasurer for the colony of Virginia from 1766 to 1775. In October of 1765, along with John Randolph and George Wythe, he was part of the committee that heard Thomas Jefferson's bar examinations. Later, when he became Treasurer of Virginia, he stopped taking new cases and turned over many of his existing cases to Thomas Jefferson. On December 13, 1775, after the battle of Great Bridge, Nicholas introduced a motion in the House of Burgesses denouncing Lord Dunmore as champion of "tyranny," a monster, "inimical and cruel," for pronouncing martial law and assuming powers that the "King himself could not exercise." Nicholas opposed the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but he was a member of the committee appointed to draft a declaration of rights and a new form of government for Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia General Assembly from 1776 to 1778 and in 1779 was appointed to the high court of chancery. Consequently he became a member of the first Court of Appeals, predecessor of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Judge Nicholas died in 1780, only serving one year. He died at "Retreat".
Wife: Ann Cary, 1735 , Warwick, Virginia to aft 1810 , Shelby, Kentucky.
She is the sister of Sally Cary Fairfax, whom Pres. George Washington once desired although she was married to Lord Fairfax. The Cary Family is notable down through the American Cival War etc.
Robert and Ann were the parents of eleven Children
(bio by: George Seitz)
Philip Norborne Nicholas (1776 - 1849)*
Mount Brilliant Cemetery
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Oct 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31015142
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