Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Colonel George Robert Latham

Evening Star (DC)
17 December 1917


Former Congressman From Second West Virginia District Succumbs

Buckhannon, W. Va., December 17 -- George Robert Latham, former representative from the second West Virginia district, a Union veteran of the civil war, lawyer and editor and director, died at his home here yesterday, after an extended illness, aged eighty-five years.  Col. Latham was born in Prince William county, Va.

He took part in the famous Wheeling convention of 1861, when the division from Virginia took place, later resulting in the formation of West Virginia.  During the civil war he was granted the rank of colonel.  Later he was elected to Congress and in 1867 he was appointed consul to Melbourne, Australia, by President Johnson.  He retired from public life several years ago.

[Photo from Wikipedia.  He served in the Union Army as captain of Company B, Second Regiment, Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  Latham was buried in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon, WV. ~cgl]

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