Biography of La Mott M. Blakely
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Blakely, La Mott M., a native of the State of New York, was born in Wyoming county in the year 1830, where his parents, who were natives of Vermont, settled in 1817. His mother's parents were English, and his father's were Scotch. In his younger days he attended school in Wyoming county, and later at Honeoye and Richmond Mills, Ontario county, and completed his education at the East Bloomileld Academy. He began business in the lumber trade in Iowa and Illinois, and later extending his operations to the Missouri river, became a heavy shipper of lumber from points on the Mississippi river to all points on the Missouri river below St. Joseph, and continuing the business until the breaking out of the Rebellion, which closed for the time all traffic on the Missouri. At the close of the war he went to Atlanta, Georgia, where he engaged in an extensive cotton trade, which later he pursued at Washington, Newbern, and Greenville, North Carolina, handling at one time a large portion of all the cotton received at these ports. Still later he resumed the lumber trade and became one of the heaviest operators in the South: These operations extended over twenty years, and Georgetown, S. C., and Washington, and Newbern, N. C., were the principal points of these operations. During his long stay in the South he won the respect and good will of the southern people, and few, if any, has more warm friends in the sunny south today. He returned to Lyons a few years ago, where his people had resided since 1848. From the time of his return he has taken great interest in the advancement of Lyons. He has served as member of the board of trustees; was made an alternate delegate to the national convention at Minneapolis in 1892, and last March was elected president of the village, and has been active in matters tending to improve the village, especially the streets and water courses. His administration has been characterized both by public improvements and the economical expenditure of public money.

Also see Lamott M. Blakely


From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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