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Alexander Robert Lawton

army officer , diplomat

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