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Henry George Nixon

February 10, 1800
January 15, 1829
Home Town:
Camden, SC
Biographical Notes:
Henry Nixon was the son of William and Mary (Owen) Nixon. He never married, but at the time of his death he was engaged to Miss Taylor of Columbia, SC. Although so young when he died, he had already achieved a prominent position, politically and socially. He was appointed chairman of the committee to receive Gen. LaFayette, when that distinguished Frenchman made his second visit to the United States in1824. Henry George Nixon was only twenty-four years old at this time, but was already a member of the SC State Legislature. He was esteemed one of the most eloquent orators in the state. He belonged to the old "preux chevalier" type, and was the soul of honor. His death was considered a public calamity. On January 15,1829, he was killed in a duel with a Thomas Hopkins. This duel took place on ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He received his early schooling in Camden, SC and graduated from South Carolina College in 1819.

Profession / Service
Admitted To Bar:
Charleston, SC in 1822
State Posts:
State Representative (SC)

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.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 17.
Secondary Sources:
Sims, Annie Noble and William Owen Nixon, Francis Morgan, An Early VIrginia Burgess and Some of His Descendants. Braid & Hutton, Printers, 1920.

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