The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 154
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was John Lamar, grandson of the John Lamar who settled in
Georgia in 1755. He was born in 1769, and married his first
cousin, Rebecca Lamar.'
To John and Rebecca Lamar were born four sons and five daugh-
ters. With the family lived Zachariah Lamar, a brother to John,
an eccentric, self-taught man, who is supposed to have given, to
the sons their names. He afterwards married and his daughter
became the wife of Howell Cobb, prominent in Georgia history.
The eldest son, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, became a member of
the Superior Court of Georgia in 1830, at the age of thirty-three.
He was the father of L. Q. C. Lamar, who was a prominent South-
ern statesman before and after the Civil War, becoming Secretary
of the Interior in President Cleveland's Cabinet, and later an Asso-
ciate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Other sons
were Jefferson Jackson and Thomas Randolph.2
It is probable that Mirabeau availed himself of the opportuni-
ties offered by the schools in his locality, though he never went
to college. "Though not a rich man," wrote Joel Crawford, a
contemporary, and the law partner of L. Q. C., the elder, "Mr.
John Lamar, by dint of industry and good management, found
means to give his children the best education which the schools of
the country afforded. None of them had the benefit of a college
course, nor were they (it is believed) acquainted with the ancient
classics or any other language but English."3 A close application
to the rules of good English is indicated in all his writings, though
how much of this was due to training in school it is impossible
to say. It seems, however, that he was chiefly self-taught, as in
all his writings there is evident a lack of system which is likely to
come with self-education. That he acquired a great mass of in-
formation is certain, and his native ability in expression caused
him to be rated by his contemporaries much above his merit.
In 1819, at the age of twenty-one, he established a general mer-
chandise business in Cahawba, Alabama. Being unsuccessful in
this business, we find him in March, 1821, announcing his pur-
pose to publish a humorous paper, "Village Miscellany to be writ-
1Edward Mayes, Lucius Q. C. Lamar, 13, 14.
'Bench and Bar of Georgia. Quoted by Edward Mayes, Lucius Q. 0.
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