Louis C. Latham

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Louis Charles Latham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st district
Personal details
Born(1840-09-11)September 11, 1840
Plymouth, North Carolina
DiedOctober 16, 1895(1895-10-16) (aged 55)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1861–1865
RankConfederate States of America Major.png Major
UnitNorth Carolina 1st North Carolina State Troops
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Louis Charles Latham (September 11, 1840, Plymouth, North Carolina – October 16, 1895 Baltimore, Maryland) was a member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina.


Latham graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1859 and later attended the Harvard Law School. He entered the Confederate Army in 1861 where he was commissioned captain and afterward major of the First Regiment of North Carolina State troops, and served throughout the American Civil War. Following the war he resumed the study of law, was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Plymouth, N.C.

He was elected member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1864 and to the North Carolina State Senate in 1870. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882; elected to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first United States Congress.

He resumed the practice of law in Greenville, North Carolina and died at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on October 16, 1895. He was interred in Greenville's City Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Louis C. Latham (id: L000109)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Louis C. Latham at Find a Grave
  • Jerome Dowd, Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians, 1888, page 53
  • Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century, 1904, page 572

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jesse J. Yeates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter F. Pool
Preceded by
Thomas G. Skinner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas G. Skinner