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Nicholson, John B. 1783-1846

Naval officer; born in Richmond, Va., in 1783; was commissioned midshipman in 1800; promoted captain in 1828. When the United States took the British frigate Macedonian he was fourth lieutenant of the former vessel; was first lieutenant of the Peacock when she engaged the Epervier, and after the action towed the latter safely into port. Washington Irving was accustomed to refer to him as “Jovial Jack Nicholson.” He died in Washington, D. C., Nov. 9, 1846.

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