Nicholls, Francis Redding Tillou
- Judith K. Schafer
Nicholls, Francis Redding Tillou (20 August 1834–04 January 1912), Louisiana governor and jurist, was born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the son of Judge Thomas Clark Nicholls, a state legislator and district court judge, and Louise Hannah Drake. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1855 and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant. After serving in Florida and California, he resigned his commission and returned in 1856 to Louisiana, where he studied law at the University of Louisiana (now Tulane University). He passed the bar examination without earning a degree and began a successful law practice with his brother Lawrence in Napoleonville. In April 1860 he married Caroline Zilpha Guion; they had one son and five daughters....