|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's At-large district
October 25, 1875 — March 3, 1877
|Preceded by||George A. La Dow|
|Succeeded by||Richard Williams|
|Born||November 12, 1842
|Died||November 23, 1896
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
- Corning, Howard M (1956). Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing. pp. 142–143.
- Carey, Charles Henry (1922). History of Oregon. Pioneer Historical Publishing Company. p. 815. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- The Organic and Other General Laws of Oregon, Together with the National Constitution and Other Public Acts and Statutes of the United States: 1843-1872. With Matthew Deady. E. Semple, State Printer: Salem. (1874).
- Lafayette Lane at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Lafayette Lane at Find a Grave
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