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.