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Alexander Robert Lawton

Alexander Robert Lawton, American army officer, diplomat. member Georgia House of Representatives, 1855-1856, Georgia Senate, 1860; member, president pro tern Georgia Constitutional Convention of 1877.

Background

  • Lawton, Alexander Robert was born on November 4, 1818 in St. Peter’s Parish, Beaufort District, South Carolina, United States. Son of Alexander James and Martha (Mosse) Lawton.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1839, Harvard Law School, 1842.

    Career

    • Commissioned Second lieutenant 1st Artillery, 1839, resigned, 1841. President Augusta & Savannah R.R., 1849-1854. Member Georgia House of Representatives, 1855-1856, Georgia Senate, 1860.

      Colonel 1st Volunteer Regiment of Georgia, commissioned brigadier general, 1861. Fought in Seven Days, 2d Manassas, Sharpsburg engagements. Took charge Ewell’s div., commanded its advance into Maryland.

      Became quartermaster general Confederacy, 1863. Served in lower house Georgia Legislature, 1870-1875. Chairman Georgia Electoral College, 1876.

      Member, president pro tern Georgia Constitutional Convention of 1877. Unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate, 1880, elected pres: American Bar, 1882. Minister to Austria, 1887-1889.

    Membership

    Member Georgia House of Representatives, 1855-1856, Georgia Senate, 1860. Member, president pro tern Georgia Constitutional Convention of 1877.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Alexander, November 5, 1845.
    • father: Alexander James Lawton
    • mother: Martha (Mosse) Lawton
    • spouse: Sarah Alexander
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    Born November 4, 1818
    Died July 2, 1896
    (aged 77)
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