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John Hazlehurst Boneval Latrobe

Latrobe, John Hazlehurst Boneval, 1803–91, American philanthropist, b. Philadelphia; son of Benjamin H. Latrobe. He studied law, and from 1828 until his death he was regularly retained as counsel for the Baltimore & Ohio RR, but he appeared in many independent cases. He was a founder of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of Mechanic Arts and of the Maryland Historical Society. He was a prominent supporter of the African colonization of Liberia and in 1853 succeeded Henry Clay as president of the American Colonization Society.

See biography by J. E. Semmes (1917).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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