Abbeville Meridional
Abbeville Meridional
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Description: Death of Col. Hiram Lott

Date: June 15 1895

Newspaper published in: Abbeville, LA

Source: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 4

COL. HIRAM LOTT
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Managua, Nicaragua June 7.-Col Hiram Lott, the American consul at this place died here yesterday afternoon from dysentery. He was buried at 5 o'clock with military honors.
Col. Lott was born in Covington County, Mississippi, April 4, 1829, and was educated by private tutor on his father's place. In 1847 he read law with General Dan W. Adams, of Jackson, Mississippi and a year later he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Williams, daughter of a South Carolina planter. In 1850 he visited California during the gold excitement, and returned in 1853 with $3000 and purchased land in Carroll Parish, Louisiana. He was elected senator four times-in 1859 from Carroll and Franklin parishes serving two years; in 1862, serving until 1865, was elected from Madison and Carroll, and served until the State government was overthrown, in 1867, under the reconstruction act. In 1879 he represented West Carroll in the legislature which called the constitutional convention, and was elected to the latter as a delegate. In that convention he was chairman of the State debt committee and strove to relieve the State against fraudulent obligations.
He was a Mason and was master of Monticello Lodge.
Colonel Lott was prominent in Forth Louisiana politics. He was one of the pioneers of the State's levee system, and was a member of the levee board of his district. He was a warm supporter of the anti-lottery cause and was chairman of the convention which nominated Governor Foster. He was again elected to the State Senate and was made president pro tem of that body becoming Lieut-Gov. upon Judge Parlange's appointment to the bench. When the position of consul was tendered him he accepted owing to his warm advocacy of the Nicaragua canal and his great desire to bring about its construction in the interest of Louisiana.

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