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MIRABEAU BUONAPARTE LAMAR*
A. K. CHRISTIAN
EARLY LIFE IN GEORGIA
When Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar arrived in Texas just be-
fore the battle of San Jacinto to cast in his fortunes with the new
republic, he had already achieved some prominence in his native
State of Georgia. He was born at Louisville, Warren County,
in that State, on August 16, 1798, the second of a family of nine.
The family from which he was descended, tradition says, being
Huguenots, left France during the persecution of Protestants
under Richelieu and settled in Maryland. On November 17,
1663, Lord Baltimore granted certificates of nationality to Thomas
and Peter Lamore, and ten years later to John Lamore. Peter
Lamar left a will dated in 1693. Thomas Lamar also left a will,
dated October 4, 1712, leaving to his wife and two sons, Thomas
and John, considerable estates in Prince George's County. The
second Thomas also left a will, dated May 11, 1747, in which he
distributed a large estate among his six sons and two sons-in-law.
In 1755 three of these sons, Robert, Thomas, and John, and one
of the sons-in-law, sold their estates and moved down into South
Carolina and Georgia. The father of the subject of this paper
*This life of President Lamar was undertaken by Mr. Christian while
a graduate student at the University of Texas, and continued at the
University of Pennsylvania, where it was accepted as the thesis for the
Ph. D. degree. On account of the continued illness of Dr. Christian it
is published without certain revisions which he expected to make.
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