Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

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Lamar Timeline

August 16, 1798 - Born near Louisville, Georgia

1802 - Georgia cedes Yazoo lands to United States; U.S. promises to remove Cherokee Indians from the state

1803 - Louisiana Purchase. United States enters dispute with Spain, claiming Texas as part of the Purchase

1810 - Mexican struggle for independence from Spain begins

1813-14 - Creek War on Georgia frontier

March 27, 1814 - Battle of Horseshoe Bend ends Creek War, opens Indian land to white settlers and revives Georgia economy

1817-18 - First Seminole War on Georgia-Florida border

1818 - Andrew Jackson leads expediton into Spanish Florida

Mirabeau B. Lamar

Child of Privilege

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was the second son of a prominent Georgia planter. His unusual name was chosen by his uncle, who bestowed on other sons in the family names such as Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus and Jefferson Jackson.

As a boy, Lamar enjoyed the privileges of his place in Georgia society. He received a classical education. Although too short and stocky to cut a rugged figure, he was athletic and excelled at riding and fencing.

Lamar was also sensitive and artistic. He painted in oils and expressed himself in verse. He continued to write poetry all his life.

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Mirabeau B. Lamar poem, 1822

In 1822, Mirabeau Lamar published this lengthy poem in the newspaper in Cahawba, the capitol of frontier Alabama. Today Cahawba is a ghost town located near modern-day Selma. Poetry would be a life-long creative outlet and solace for Lamar.

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