NISBET, Eugenius Aristides (1803-1871)

NISBET, EUGENIUS ARISTIDES, (cousin of Mark Anthony Cooper), a Representative from Georgia; born near Union Point, Greene County, Ga., December 7, 1803; completed preparatory studies; attended the Powellton Academy, Hancock County, Ga., 1815-1817 and the University of South Carolina at Columbia 1817-1819; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1821; was admitted to the bar by a special act of the legislature before he was twenty-one and commenced the practice of law in Madison, Morgan County, Ga., in 1824; member of the State house of representatives 1827-1830; served in the State senate 1830-1837; moved to Macon, Ga., in 1837 and resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Whig candidate for election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1839, until October 12, 1841, when he resigned; associate judge of the supreme court of Georgia 1845-1853; member of the secession convention of Georgia in January 1861 and was the author of the ordinance of secession; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1861; died in Macon, Bibb County, Ga., March 18, 1871; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1804-1934. 15,903 items and 6 volumes.
Includes correspondence, legal notebooks, bankbooks, family albums, genealogical charts, and memorabilia of Nisbet and his family.


Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names.
File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.


Litchfield Historical Society
Litchfield, CT
Papers: 1823-1841, 3 items.
Typed transcripts of two letters from Eugenius Nisbet in Litchfield, dated 4 September 1823 and ? 1823 to his future wife, Amanda M.F. Battle, in Hancock County, Powelton, Georgia; and a letter from E.A. Nisbet to his wife, Mrs. Amanda M.F. Nisbet in Macon, Georgia, dated from Washington 15 July 1841.


University of Georgia Libraries
Athens, GA
Papers: 1822-1848. 56 items.
Letters to his wife written from Milledgeville, GA and Washington, DC.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In Nisbet family papers, 1752-1936. 2,200 items.