Lafayette Lane (1842 - 1896)

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Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana
Death: Died
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About Lafayette Lane

Lafayette Lane (November 12, 1842 - November 23, 1896) was a Representative from the U.S. state of Oregon. He was the son of Oregon Senator Joseph Lane and an uncle of future Oregon Senator Harry Lane.

Early life

Lane was born near Evansville, Indiana to then-Indiana state senator Joseph Lane and his wife Polly Hart Lane, one of ten children. When Joseph was appointed governor of Oregon Territory in 1848, the Lanes moved west along the Oregon Trail, arriving in Oregon in March 1849.

Lafayette attended public schools in Washington, D.C., and Stamford, Connecticut, studied law, and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Roseburg, Oregon. He married Amanda Mann in 1867.

Political career

In 1864, Lane served as member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing Umatilla County. In 1866, he was the a Democratic nominee for Oregon Secretary of State in 1866, but was defeated by incumbent Samuel E. May.

In 1874, Lane was appointed as a code commissioner, where along with noted jurist Matthew Deady, he compiled Oregon's statutes into a systematic code.


In 1874, fellow Democrat George A. La Dow was elected to the United States House of Representatives, but died before he could take office. In a special election, Lane was elected to fill La Dow's vacancy, defeating Republican Henry Warren. He served one term from October 25, 1875, to March 3, 1877. He sought re-election in 1876, but was defeated by Republican Richard Williams.

After Congress

Following his defeat, Lane returned to Roseburg and resumed his law practice. He died in Roseburg on November 23, 1896, and was interred in Roseburg's St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

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Lafayette Lane, US Congress's Timeline

Evansville, Indiana
Age 54
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery Roseburg Douglas County Oregon