Alfred O. P. Nicholson

Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson ( * August 31 1808 in Franklin, Tennessee, † March 23, 1876 in Columbia, Tennessee ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party, who represented his native country twice in the U.S. Senate.

Nicholson grew up in Tennessee in Williamson County. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1827. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1831, after which he opened a practice in Columbia. Moreover, he worked from 1832 to 1835 as editor of appearing in Columbia Western Mercury.

Politically, he worked from 1833 as a deputy in the House of Representatives from Tennessee, where he remained until 1839. The following year he was elected by the state legislature of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate; He took the place of the late Felix Grundy and remained there from 25 December 1840 to 7 February 1842. He returned after back to Tennessee, sat from 1843 to 1845 in the state Senate and moved to Nashville to where from 1844 he held until 1846 worked for the newspaper Nashville Union. Between 1846 and 1847 he served as director and president of the Bank of Tennessee.

1853 was appointed him to his cabinet U.S. President Franklin Pierce, but Nicholson refused. He was more active in the newspaper industry, was from 1853 to 1856 editor of the Washington Union and joined then as a printer in the service of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alfred Nicholson was in 1858 elected a second time in the U.S. Senate. His term began on March 4, 1859 and ended prematurely on March 3, 1861. He retired in anticipation of the secession of Tennessee from the Union voluntarily from the Congress back, which was then also carried out a week later. Later that year he was officially expelled from the Senate, which was true for all incumbents from the southern states, with the exception of the later U.S. President Andrew Johnson, who was loyal to the Union.

After the Civil War, Nicholson served as chief judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1876, he died in office.