Marye, John Lawrence, Jr., born November 4, 1823, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, son cf John Lawrence Marye, and
Anna Maria Burton, his wife. He was educated in the private schools of Fredericksburg, and in 1840 entered the
University of Virginia, where he was a student for two sessions. Upon his return home he studied for his profession
in the office of his father, and soon entered upon a successful career as a lawyer. He served in the legislature
of Virginia from 1863 to 1865, and as a member of the state convention of 1869, he rendered great service to the
commonwealth during the reconstruction period. In 1869 he was nominated for attorney general upon the first Democratic
ticket after the civil war, but it became necessary to withdraw this ticket in order to unite the best element
of the state against the carpet baggers. This plan was successful, and resulted in the election of Messrs. Walker
and Lewis as governor and lieutenant governor. Subsequently, when Lieut. Gov. John F. Lewis was chosen to the United
States senate, Mr. Marye was elected lieutenant governor in his place, a position which he held from 1870 to 1873.
For years he was a member of the board of visitors of the University of Virginia, and served as rector of the board.
He was an able debater, and popular upon the hustings. As a citizen and churchman, he was faithful to the duties
about him. He was a successful lawyer, and the tribute of bar and people at the time of his death in August, 1902,
attested his worth and character. His wife, whom he married in 1846, was Mildred S. Browne, a daughter of Dr. William
Browne, of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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