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This Day in Georgia History

December 19, 1859

Mirabeau Lamar Died

Politician Mirabeau Lamar died in Richmond, Texas. Born in Louisville, Georgia on Aug. 16, 1798, Lamar became Gov. George Troup’s private secretary in 1823. In 1828, he founded the Columbus Enquirer, and the next year was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1833, Lamar founded the Georgia States Rights Party, and the following year he unsuccessfully ran for Congress. After receiving an invitation to visit Texas from James Fannin, Lamar traveled west. In Texas, he joined Sam Houston’s army and distinguished himself in battle. In May 1838, Lamar was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas, followed that fall by election as president. In the Mexican War, Lamar served as captain of the Texas Mounted Volunteers and as lieutenant colonel in the Texas Rangers.