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  Latham, Louis C.
NameLouis C. Latham
Greenville, North Carolina , United States
Born September 11, 1840
Died October 16, 1895 (55 years)
Last ModifedChronicler
Jun 28, 2008 10:38pm
InfoLATHAM, Louis Charles, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Plymouth, Washington County, N.C., 9/11/1840; attended private schools, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1859; attended the Harvard Law School 1859-1860

Entered the Confederate Army in 1861; was commissioned captain and afterward major of the First Regiment of North Carolina State troops, and served throughout the Civil War; wounded at Antietam and the second battle of the Wilderness.

Immediately after the war resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Plymouth, N.C.

NC House 1862 (declined to serve), 1864

NC Senate in 1870

U.S. Representative (D-NC) 1881-1883, 1887-1889. First ran for U.S. House in 1878, losing an attempt to defeat U.S. Rep. Yeates at the Democratic convention [NYT, 8/10/1878]. Nominated and elected in 1880, defeated in 1882 after being unanimously renominated [Raleigh News & Observer 7/21/1882]. Walter F. Pool, who won the 1882 election, died in office, and Latham was an unsuccessful Democratic contender for the special election [Raleigh News & Observer, 10/6/1883]. In 1886, Latham (who had become divisive among NC Democrats) was nominated for the House seat on the 163d ballot [NYT 8/13/1886] and went on to win the general election. Latham was defeated for re-nomination in 1888 and 1890 by Thomas G. Skinner [NYT 6/6/1890].

Resumed the practice of law in Greenville, N.C.

Died at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Md., 10/16/1895, where he had gone to treat a severe stomach ache [Raleigh News & Observer, 10/18/1895]; interment in the City Cemetery, Greenville, N.C.

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