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LOUGHBOROUGH, James Moore (luff'-burro), lawyer, born near Shelbyville, Kentucky, 2 November, 1833; died in Little Rock, Arkansas, 31 July, 1876. He left college at the age of nineteen, to become a clerk under his father, who was the land-agent for Illinois and Missouri. He served throughout the civil war as a colonel on the staff of the Confederate Gen Sterling Price, and was for some time a prisoner After the war he practised law in St. Louis, Missouri, superintended the land-sales of the Iron Mountain railway, removing to Little Rock, and was a member in 1874-'5 of the Arkansas legislature, where he introduced a bill for the conversion of depreciated certificates into a funded debt, which did much to restore the financial credit of the state.--His wife, Mary Webster, author, born in New York city, 27 August, 1836; died in Little Rock, Arkansas, 27 August, 1887, was taken to St. Louis, Missouri, in her infancy, graduated at Monticello seminary, Godfrey, Illinois, in 1853, and in 1857 was married. She accompanied her husband during the civil war, and kept a diary of the siege of Vicksburg, from which she prepared her first book, entitled "My Cave Life in Vicksburg" (New York, 1864). She afterward contributed stories relating to the early history of St. Louis to "The Land We Love." In 1871 she removed with her husband to Little Rock She wrote for various newspapers, and in 1883 established the "Southern Ladies' Journal," which she edited till her death. In it she published a scrim entitled "For Better, for Worse." Mrs. Loughborough established also a Woman's exchange in Little Rock with the object of opening a wider range of remunerative employment for her sex.
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