Biography of Hon. J. B. Lamar
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Hon. J. B. Lamar, Whose portrait appears in this work, is a native of Bibb county, Georgia, and is now in his 53d year. His parental ancestors were French Huguenots, and his mother was a daughter of Colonel Miner Winn, who was a patriot soldier of the Revolutionary War. Winsboro, South Carolina, takes its name from and was founded by his family. Judge Lamar's boyhood was mostly passsd in Chatanooga county, near the Lookout Mountain. He completed his scholastic course at the Gurnnette Institute; commenced the study of law at eighteen years of age, and was admittted to practice in all the courts of Georgia at the age of twenty. He left Georgia in the winter of 1848, and embarked at New Orleans for Vera Cruz, traveling through Mexico to Mazatlan, where he took passage on the brig Antomie, arriving in San Francisco April 24, 1849. After a brief sojourn in San Francisco he went into the northern mines. In 1855 he settled in Ukiah valley, Mendocino county. In 1857 he married Miss Anderson, of Anderson valley. By this union four children are now living: Fannie, Walter, Basil, and Leeta. Mr. Lamar was elected to the Legislature of 1859, and during that session introduced the Bill organizing Mendocino county; and the following year represented Mendocino county in the Assembly. In 1867 he was elected County Judge, which position he held four years. In 1876 he removed to Oakland and commenced the practice of law in San Francisco. During the four years preceding the 1st of August last he held the position of attorney for the Board of State Harbor Commissioners. A political change occurring this year, whereby a majority of the Board were Republicans, Mr. Lamar was retired to make room for a Republican successor. Judge Lamar has been unwavering in his fidelity to the Democratic party and its principles; and his name and voice have become familiar in every portion of the State as a pleasing and effective orator. As a member of the San Francisco Bar he occupies an honorable position, and is the peer of its ablest lawyers.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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