George V. N. Lothrop
|George Van Ness Lothrop|
|Michigan Attorney General|
John S. Barry
|Preceded by||Edward Mundy|
|Succeeded by||William Hale|
August 8, 1817|
|Died||July 12, 1897
|Resting place||Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
Lothrup was born in Easton, Massachusetts, the son of Howard Lothrop and Sally (Williams) Lothrop. George grew up on the family farm in Easton. He studied for one year at Amherst College, and graduated from Brown University in 1838. He started law school at Harvard College, but didn't finish due to ill health. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and Phi Beta Kappa.
Lothrop was a candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan's 1st congressional district, losing to Republican William Alanson Howard in 1856 and to Bradley F. Granger in 1860. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Michigan in 1860 and a delegate to the Michigan State Constitutional convention in 1867 (which did not produce a constitution approved by the voters). Lothrup served as U.S. Minister to Russia from 1885 to 1888.
Lothrop's brother, Edwin H. Lothrop, was Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1844. Lothrop's daughter, Emily Anne "Nan" Lothrop (1860–1927), married Baron Barthold Theodorevitch von Hoyningen-Huene (1859–1942), a Baltic nobleman and military officer, and their son was the noted fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene. His brother-in-law, Oliver Ames, Jr., was affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad.
A Michigan historical marker on Charlevoix Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan commemorates a stand of pine trees that George V.N. Lothrop planted on the site in 1878. These trees became the "feeder stock" for many of the pine groves that are now widespread in the eastern suburbs of Detroit. The street just across Charlevoix Avenue from the pine plantation is named Lothrop Road in George V.N. Lothrop's honor.
- "George V.N. Lothrop Dead. Ex-Minister to Russia Succumbs to Heat Prostration at His Home. in Detroit". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
- Hall, Henry (1896). America's Successful Men of Affairs. New York Tribune. p. 511. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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