James Nicholson (c.1738 - 1804)

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Birthplace: Chestertown, Maryland, Kent, USA
Death: Died in New York city, USA
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About James Nicholson

James Nicholson, son of Joseph Nicholson and Hannah (Smith) Scott, was born in Chestertown, Maryland, in 1737 or 1738. He entered upon a sea-faring life at an early age and was with the British fleet when Havana was captured in 1762. From 1763 until 1771, he was a resident of New York City. At the outbreak of the Revolution, he tendered his services to the navy and was placed in command of the DEFENSE, a Maryland vessel with which, in March, 1776, he recaptured several prize ships from the British. In June, 1776, he was placed in command of the VIRGINIA, a 28 gun ship of war. A resolution of Congress, October 10, 1776, declared that the number of captains in the Continental Navy should be 24 and should rank in the order designated. By this resolution, James Nicholson appeared first on the list and was thus senior captain and Commodore-in-Chief of the Continental Navy.

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Cdr. James Nicholson's Timeline

Maryland, Kent, USA
September 11, 1766
Age 28
New York City, New York, USA
April 21, 1773
Age 35
Maryland, USA
September 7, 1775
Age 37
Maryland, Baltimore, USA
May 2, 1783
Age 45
New York, New York, USA
September 2, 1804
Age 66
New York city, USA
September 3, 1804
Age 66
New York City, USA