John L. McLaurin, U.S. Senator

Is your surname McLaurin?

Research the McLaurin family

John L. McLaurin, U.S. Senator's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Lowndes McLaurin

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Marlboro, Marlboro County, SC, USA
Death: Died in Bennettsville, SC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Phillip McLaurin and Tommie Jane McLaurin
Husband of Nora McLaurin
Father of John B. McLaurin; Nora B. McLaurin and Sarah W. McLaurin

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About John L. McLaurin, U.S. Senator

John Lowndes McLaurin

  • Birth: May 9, 1860
  • Red Bluff
  • Marlboro County
  • South Carolina, USA
  • Death: Jul. 29, 1934
  • Marlboro County
  • South Carolina, USA
  • US Congressman, US Senator. Elected to represent South Carolina's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1892 to 1897. United States Senator from South Carolina, from 1897 to 1903. Member of South Carolina State Legislature.


  • Head John L Mc Laurin 49
  • Wife Nora B Mc Laurin 49
  • Son-in-Law Clarence W Wills 23
  • Daughter Bessie M Wills 23
  • Son John B Mc Laurin 21
  • Daughter Nona Mclaurin 18
  • Daughter Sarah W Mclaurin 13
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Mills 10
  • Servant George Holden 17

John Lowndes McLaurin (May 9, 1860 – July 29, 1934) was a United States Representative and Senator from South Carolina; born in Red Bluff, South Carolina, he attended schools at Bennettsville, South Carolina and Englewood, New Jersey as well as Bethel Military Academy (near Warrenton, Virginia) and Swarthmore College (in Pennsylvania.) He graduated from the Carolina Military Institute, studied law in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, was admitted to the bar in 1883 and practiced in Bennettsville. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1890-1891 and was attorney general of the State from 1891 to 1897.

McLaurin was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Eli T. Stackhouse; he was reelected to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses and served from December 5, 1892, until May 31, 1897, when he resigned. He was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph H. Earle and served from June 1, 1897, to March 4, 1903; he was not a candidate for reelection. He was censured along with Senator Benjamin Tillman for an altercation between the two on the Senate floor on February 22, 1902.

McLaurin moved to New York City and resumed the practice of law; he returned to Bennettsville and engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was a member of the South Carolina Senate, 1914-1915. He was author of the State warehouse system for storing and financing cotton, and served as State warehouse commissioner from 1915 until his resignation in 1917. He died at his estate near Bennettsville in 1934; interment was in McCall Cemetery.

view all

John L. McLaurin, U.S. Senator's Timeline

May 9, 1860
Marlboro, Marlboro County, SC, USA
Age 28
South Carolina, United States
Age 31
South Carolina, United States
Age 36
South Carolina, United States
July 29, 1934
Age 74
Bennettsville, SC, USA