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John Cochran Nicoll (October 7, 1793 – November 16, 1863) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

John Cochran Nicoll
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
In office
August 11, 1848 – January 19, 1861
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 9 Stat. 280
Succeeded byJohn Erskine
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Georgia
In office
May 11, 1839 – August 11, 1848
Appointed byMartin Van Buren
Preceded byJeremiah La Touche Cuyler
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
John Cochran Nicoll

(1793-10-07)October 7, 1793
Savannah, Georgia
DiedNovember 16, 1863(1863-11-16) (aged 70)
Savannah, Georgia
EducationLitchfield Law School

Education and careerEdit

Born on October 7, 1793, in Savannah, Georgia, Nicoll attended Litchfield Law School. He entered private practice in Savannah. He was a recorder for Savannah. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. He was solicitor for the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia from 1821 to 1822. He was a Judge of the Savannah City Court from 1824 to 1834, and from 1835 to 1838. He was a Judge of the Superior Court of Georgia for the Eastern Judicial Circuit from 1834 to 1835. He was Mayor of Savannah.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Nicoll received a recess appointment from President Martin Van Buren on May 11, 1839, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Georgia vacated by Judge Jeremiah La Touche Cuyler. He was nominated to the same position by President Van Buren on January 23, 1840. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1840, and received his commission the same day. Nicoll was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia on August 11, 1848, to a new joint seat authorized by 9 Stat. 280. His service terminated on January 19, 1861, due to his resignation.[1]

Later career and deathEdit

Following his resignation from the federal bench, Nicoll was the Confederate District Attorney for the District of Georgia from 1861 to 1863. He died on November 16, 1863, in Savannah.[1]

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