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John Cochran Nicoll

October 7, 1793
November 16, 1863
Home Town:
Savannah, GA
Later Residences:
Chatham County, GA
Savannah, GA
Eliza Anderson Nicoll (January 9, 1823)
Biographical Notes:
John C. Nicoll was the son of Abimael and Caroline Agnes (Ledbetter) Nicoll. He was born in Savannah, Georgia. After attending the Law School, he entered private practice in Savannah, and was that city's recorder of judgments. He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. He was a Solicitor, Eastern Circuit of Georgia from 1821 to 1822. He was a judge, first on the City Court of Savannah from 1824 to 1834, then on the Superior Court for the Eastern Circuit of Georgia until 1835, and again on the City Court of Savannah from 1835 to 1838. He also served for a time as mayor of Savannah.

On May 11, 1839, received a recess appointment from President Martin Van Buren to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Georgia vacated by Jeremiah Cuyler. Formally ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1812.

Profession / Service
Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He briefly read law in the office of Judge Augustin S. Clayton.
Federal Posts:
Judge of the U.S. for the Northern and Southern Districts of GA (GA) 1839-1861
Solicitor Eastern Circuit of Georgia 1821-1822
Judge Eastern Circuit Court of Georgia 1834-1835
State Posts:
State Representative (GA)
District Attorney for the State of Georgia under the Confederate States of America (GA) 1861-1863
Local Posts:
Judge City Court of Savannah (Savannah, GA) 1824-1834, 1835-1838
Mayor of Savannah (Savannah, GA)

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1814, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 13.

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