LAMAR, William Bailey

1853–1928

Biography

LAMAR, William Bailey, (nephew of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar), a Representative from Florida; born near Monticello, Jefferson County, Fla., June 12, 1853; attended Jefferson Academy at Monticello and the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., where he resided from 1866 until 1873; returned to Florida in the latter year; was graduated from the Lebanon Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1875; was admitted to the bar; commenced practice in Tupelo, Miss.; clerk of the circuit court of Jefferson County, Fla., January 1877 to January 1881; judge of the county court of Jefferson County 1883-1886; member of the State house of representatives in 1887 and was chosen speaker, but declined; attorney general of Florida 1889-1903; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1909); did not seek renomination; unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for United States Senator in 1908; national commissioner to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco in 1915; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1916; died at his winter home in Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga., September 26, 1928; interment in Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Ga.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Florida Department of State
Bureau of Archives & Records Management, Division of Library & Information Services

Tallahassee, FL
Papers: In the Florida Attorney General's Opinions, ca. 1859-1948, 34 cubic feet. The records include the opinions of William B. Lamar. A box list of the records is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Florida Attorney General's Correspondence, ca. 1878-1913, 0.5 cubic foot. The correspondence consists of letterpress books of the outgoing correspondence of William B. Lamar.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the papers of Thomas E. Watson, 27.5 linear feet, 1745-1996. Collection contains three letters from Lamar to Watson, dated 29 January 1907, 15 January 1907, and 22 January 1907.
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