Nisbet was born near Union Point, Georgia. He attended the Powellton Academy in Hancock County, Georgia from 1815 to 1817, the University of South Carolina in Columbia from 1817 to 1819, and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with an Bachelor of Arts in 1821. Nisbet then attended the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut.
Nisbet was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1827 and served until 1830 when he was elected to the Georgia Senate. He served in the state senate until 1837. Nisbet unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1836; however, he was elected to that body in 1838 and again in 1840.
Nisbet resigned from the U.S. House in 1841, due to "the condition of his private affairs and a growing distaste for political life." Nisbet was later elected as one of the three initial justices of the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1845, and he served as an associate justice on that court until 1853. In 1861, Nisbet was a member of Georgia's secession convention and authored the Ordinance of Secession. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign to become Governor of Georgia in that same year. Nisbet served a trustee of UGA from 1864 until his death in 1871 in Macon, Georgia. He was buried in that city's Rose Hill Cemetery.
References[edit | edit source]
- Eugenius Aristides Nisbet at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949 pp.196-197
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