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Nicholson, John (1757–05 December 1800), land speculator, financier, and entrepreneur, was born in Wales, the son of William Nicholson and Sarah (maiden name unknown), farmers. John Nicholson emigrated from Wales with his family and settled in Chamberstown (now Chambersburg), Pennsylvania. Nicholson enlisted in the Continental army after the revolutionary war began and served as sergeant of the Pennsylvania Line. He had no formal education but was apparently astute in finances; in October 1778 he was appointed clerk in the Chamber of Accounts of the Board of Treasury of the Continental Congress. It was during this period that he met ...