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LAMAR, Gazaway B., banker, born in Georgia in 1798; died in New York city, 5 October, 1874. He was engaged in business for many years in Savannah, and was at one time a large slave-holder. In 1845 he removed to Brooklyn, was successful in business, and for several years president of the Bank of the Republic, New York. In anticipation of the civil war in the winter of 1860-'1, he shipped large quantities of arms to Georgia. He also acted as financial agent of the Confederacy, and in that capacity procured the printing of its notes and bonds in New York. Soon after the beginning of the war he went to Georgia, and was largely concerned in cotton-speculations and blockade-running. After the occupation of Savannah he was arrested by order of the secretary of war and confined in the old capital prison at Washington. A few months after his release he was tried by a military commission for attempted bribery of government officers, and was sentenced to several years' imprisonment and a large fine, but the sentence was remitted by President Johnson. This prosecution led to counter-suits by him against the government in the New York district.
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