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NICHOLLS, Francis Tillon, governor of Louisiana, born in Donaldsonville, Ascension parish, Louisiana, 20 August, 1834. His father, Thomas Clark (1790-1847), was a member of the general assembly of Louisiana, judge of a district court for many years, and in 1843 was appointed senior judge of the Louisiana court of error and appeals. His mother was a sister of Joseph Rodman Drake. The son was graduated at the United States military academy in 1855, and assigned to the an artillery. He served against the Seminole Indians, was on frontier duty in 1856, and resigned his commission on 1 October of that year. He then practised law in Napoleonville, Louisiana, until 1861, when he joined the Confederate army as captain in the 8th Louisiana regiment, of which he became lieutenant-colonel. In 1862 he was made colonel of the 15th regiment and brigadier-general. He participated in Stonewall Jackson's movements, and lost an arm in the battle of Winchester, Virginia, and a foot at Chancellorsville. He was superintendent of the conscript bureau of the Trans-Mississippi department in 1864-'5, and practised law in Ascension parish from 1865 till 1876. fie was elected governor of Louisiana as a Democrat, serving from 1877 till 1880, and in January, 1888, was again nominated for this office. He now (1888) practises law in New Orleans.
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