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John Basil LAMAR

(1812-1862)

LAMAR, John Basil, a Representative from Georgia; born in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., on November 5, 1812; attended Dr. Beman’s school at Mount Zion, Ga., and Franklin College (now University of Georgia) at Athens in 1827; moved to a plantation near Macon, Bibb County, Ga., in 1830 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1837 and 1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress and served from March 4 until July 29, 1843, when he resigned; resumed the management of his plantations; trustee of the University of Georgia 1855-1858; delegate to the State convention which adopted the secession ordinance in 1861; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as an aide on the staff of Gen. Howell Cobb; wounded in the battle at Cramptons Gap, Md., and died the following day, September 15, 1862; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Ga.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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