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Sunday's Obituary: Marcus B. Latimer

Evening Star (Washington, DC) – July 28, 1903

Marcus B. Latimer
Evening Star, July 28, 1903
OLD RESIDENT DEAD. Marcus B. Latimer Passes Suddenly Away. Funeral Tomorrow Afternoon From Family Residence – Interment to be Made at Glenwood Cemetery

The death of Marcus B. Latimer, for many years a prominent auctioneer of this city, occurred at 9:15 o'clock last evening at his residence, 1223 6th street northwest. Mr. Latimer had been in good health up to last Saturday morning when he contacted a severe cold, which brought on congestion and resulted in his death. He was surrounded by the members of his family when the end came. The funeral will take place from the family home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the interment will be made in Glenwood cemetery. The pallbearers will be selected from among the nephews of Mr. Latimer, and will consist of Joseph S., Clarence E. and Lee D. Latimer, George H. Evans and Americus Davis, all of this city, and William J. Weir of Manassas, Va. The interment will be private.

Marcus B. Latimer had resided in Washington over fifty years, and probably no resident of the national capital enjoyed a wider acquaintance among the citizens of the District of Columbia than did he. He was born in Charles county, Md., January 5, 1839, and while he was still an infant his parents removed to Brentsville, Prince William county, Va. In 1853, at the age of fourteen, Mr. Latimer, accompanied by two of his brothers, the late Samuel H. and the late Dr. Edwin W. Latimer, came to Washington and obtained employment as a clerk with the old firm of Sibley & Gier, formerly hardware merchants of the city. A few years later Mr. Latimer accepted a position with J.C. Maguire & Co., auctioneers, and with that firm, under the tutorship of the late Thomas J. Fisher, Mr. Latimer learned the business with which he had been so long and prominently identified here.

In the early seventies the firm of Cooper & Latimer, auctioneers, was organized, and the firm opened up its business in the building located on the southwest corner of 11th street and Pennsylvania avenue, a part of which was occupied at that time by The Evening Star. When Mr. Cooper died, about twenty-five years ago, the firm was changed to Latimer & Cleary, and afterward it was known as Dowling & Latimer. A number of years ago Mr. Latimer and his son-in-law, Charles G. Sloan, organized the firm of Latimer & Sloan on G street.

Record in Business. Mr. Latimer during his active business days conducted some of the most noted and extensive sales in the country. He was considered as one of the finest auctioneers in the United States. He conducted the great sale of the fine pictures in the rotunda he also sold the effects of the English minister, Lord Sackville West. The last large sale and one of the most important in Mr. Latimer's career was the auction of the noted Deakin collection of Japanese ceramic art, which occurred about eight years ago, in this city. He was regarded as a connoisseur of art and a critical judge of oriental stuffs and carpets, rugs, tapestry,, &c., and his services were very much in demand among the best and most influential people of the city.

Mr. Latimer was possessed of a most genial personality and a keen appreciation of humor, and he had an inexhaustible fund of amusing anecdotes, which caused his sales to be entertaining as well as profitable.

In May 1864, Mr. Latimer was married to Miss Susie Lowe, a daughter of an old Washington family. The family had lived in the present residence on 6th street for the past twenty years. At the outbreak of the civil war Mr. Latimer served with the Washington Light Infantry Corps. He took an interest in nearly all the public affairs pertaining to the District, but never held public office during his career.

Retired Six Years Ago. About six years ago Mr. Latimer retired from active business, but on various occasions, at the special request of clients, he has conducted sales of art and antique furniture, &c. The members of the immediate family who survive him are his wife and four children – Mrs. Charles G. Sloan, Mr. Thomas F. Latimer and the Misses Mabel C. and Marie Latimer.

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Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) – May 16, 1864

Marriage. In this city, on the 12th May, by the Rev. Dr. Samson, Marcus B. Latimer, of Virginia, to Miss Susie B. Lowe, of this city.

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