During the late 1860s, this Delaware Democrat served in the United States House of Representatives. Also an attorney, he established a legal practice in Dover, Delaware.
After graduating from Pennsylvania's Dickinson College, he briefly worked as a school superintendent before pursuing a career as a lawyer.
Though he spent his early childhood in Laurel, Delaware, he traveled to Virginia for his secondary schooling.
His marriage to Angelica Killeen Reed produced four children, including a son named John Reed Nicholson who went on to become Chancellor of Delaware.
He and Charles Lore both served as U.S. Representatives from Delaware during the Nineteenth Century.