George V. N. Lothrop

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George Van Ness Lothrop
George Van Ness Lothrop portrait circa 1910.jpg
Michigan Attorney General
In office
GovernorEpaphroditus Ransom
John S. Barry
Preceded byEdward Mundy
Succeeded byWilliam Hale
Personal details
Born(1817-08-08)August 8, 1817
Easton, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 12, 1897(1897-07-12) (aged 79)
Detroit, Michigan
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
Political partyDemocrat
RelativesEdwin H. Lothrop, brother
Alma materBrown University

George Van Ness Lothrop (August 8, 1817 – July 12, 1897) was a politician in the U.S. state of Michigan, serving as the seventh Michigan Attorney General from 1848 until 1851.[1]


Lothrop was born in Easton, Massachusetts, the son of Howard Lothrop and Sally (Williams) Lothrop.[1] George grew up on the family farm in Easton. George's sister Sarah married Oliver Ames, Jr., railroad industrialist.[2]

George 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.

He moved to live on his brother Edwin's farm in Prairie Ronde, Michigan, to recover.[3]

In 1843, Lothrop moved to Detroit to finish his law studies, and found success as a lawyer.[3] Lothrop was married in 1847 to Almira Strong of Rochester, New York.[3]

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.

He died on July 12, 1897 in Detroit, Michigan of hyperthermia.[1] He is interred Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.


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 Farms, 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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "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.
  2. ^ Davis, William T. (1897). The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history (Vol 1 ed.). D.H. Hurd & Co. p. 390. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Hall, Henry (1896). America's Successful Men of Affairs. New York Tribune. p. 511. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Mundy
Michigan Attorney General
Succeeded by
William Hale