Trist, Nicholas Philip
- Willard Carl Klunder
Trist, Nicholas Philip (02 June 1800–11 February 1874), diplomat, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Hore Browse Trist, a lawyer, and Mary Brown. His grandmother, Elizabeth House Trist, was an intimate acquaintance of Thomas Jefferson, who in 1802 appointed Hore Browse Trist collector of customs at Natchez, Mississippi Territory. The elder Trist transferred to New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase and soon died of yellow fever. Nicholas’s mother then married Philip Livingston Jones, a prominent attorney. Trist attended private school and excelled in French and Spanish. In 1812 he enrolled in the College of Orleans. When his stepfather died of complications from a wound incurred in a duel, his mother married a wealthy planter, St. Julian Tournillon. During this period, Trist became friends with Lewis Livingston, son of ...