If you were asked to name famous Pennsylvanians, you might list William Penn, and Ben Franklin. You probably wouldn't think of John Nicholson. The life of the Commonwealth's colonial Comptroller General makes for fascinating reading, though, with implications in today's economic climate. Nicholson was a notorious land speculator, with shady dealings so vast, it took forty years after his death to unravel the mess.
BookMark: Pennsylvania Speculator and Patriot: The Entrepreneurial John Nicholson 1757-1800 by Robert Arbuckle (Pennsylvania State University Press)
By STEVE KOCHERSPERGER • May 7, 2008