John Nicolay
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Bavaria)
Date of Birth: 1832
Date of Death: 1901
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Secretary, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction, Diplomat
Spouse: Helen Nicolay
Political Party: Republican Party
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Direct
John George Nicolay (born Johann Georg, February 26, 1832 - September 26, 1901) was personal secretary to (and later a biographer of) American President Abraham Lincoln; his appointment to that post in 1861 was Lincoln's first official action on taking office. In 1865, Lincoln appointed Nicolay as a diplomat to France. After the death of the President, Nicolay became United States Consul at Paris, France (1865-69). He returned to the U.S., and was named marshal of the United States Supreme Court (1872-87).

John Nicolay in The Guns of the SouthEdit

After Confederate General Robert E. Lee's troops stormed Washington City and captured the White House, Lee negotiated a cease fire with President Abraham Lincoln in the President's private office. After they reached an agreement they stepped out into the outer reception room. There they saw a number of Lee's staff officers and a couple of young men in civilian clothes. President Lincoln introduced John Hay and John Nicolay to Lee as his secretaries.[1]

John Nicolay in Southern VictoryEdit

In late 1862, John Nicolay had the unpleasant task of announcing to President Lincoln the arrival of British ambassador Lord Lyons; Lyons had come to the Executive Mansion to demand on pain of war that Lincoln extend diplomatic recognition to the Confederate States and accept John Russell's mediation to end the War of Secession. Lyons took note of how bitter both Nicolay and Lincoln were upon receiving him.[2]