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L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum
Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-1893) was a prominent politician during the 19th century, serving in a number of roles including as U.S. Congressman and Supreme Court Justice. He drafted Mississippi Secession Ordinance and became an influential Confederate leader. Lamar purchased this home in 1868 and used it to hold many important meetings between Southern politicians in the next two decades after the war. Lamar is best-known for his speeches calling for unity between Northern and Southern residents—speeches that were careful to avoid any mention of the economic injustice and sporadic violence against former slaves—the leading sectional controversy of the time period. His home has been restored and serves as a history museum, interpreting the history of the region throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction.
L.Q.C. Lamar lived in this house between 1868 and 1888.
Lamar was born to a prominent Georgia political family in 1825. He graduated from Emory University in 1845, studied law afterwards and then passed the bar exam in 1847. He laid the foundation for his political career in the ensuing years before the Civil War by becoming involved in the Southern Rights Party and other activities. He was elected U.S. Congressman in 1857 and resigned upon the start of the war.
As noted above, after the war Lamar called for reconciliation between the North and the South, earning wide acclaim on both sides. He believed the South could handle its own affairs without intervention from the North. This included that he did not support legislation to give African Americans more freedoms; he was thus an advocate of restoring white rule in the South. Lamar would become the first American politician to serve in the House, Senate, Supreme Court, and Cabinet.
616 North 14th Street
Oxford , MS 38655
House is also open by appointment for group tours. Please call the Oxford Conference Center at 662-232-2367, to schedule a group tour.
This location was created on 2014-06-08
It was last updated on 2017-08-25
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