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Jacob G. Lamont

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Jacob G. Lamont

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Lamont, Gibson, Patterson & McClelland
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 527-28

Hon. Jacob G. Lamont. By the election of Mr. Lamont to the State Senate from the district of Huntington and Whitley counties, in 1910, the honors of public position and politics fell upon an exceptionally worthy citizen and efficient business man. Mr. Lamont whose home has been in Huntington county for more than forty years, has long been identified with the building and contracting business and also with the lumber trade in this and other sections of Eastern Indiana. His business record has been without a blemish, his dealings have always been straightforward and marked by scrupulous integrity, and he is one of the best known men of this county.

Jacob G. Lamont is a native of Canada, born at Welland, Ontario, April 30, 1857. His father, John Lamont was a native of Ireland, and his mother, Elizabeth (Gibson) Lamont, was born at Washington, Pennsylvania. The father combined the occupations of farming, contracting and building for many years, and in 1870 brought his family to Huntington county, Indiana, locating on a farm in Warren township, where he was known as a general farmer and stock raiser until his death in 1881. His widow still survives, and lives in Huntington.

The early education of Jacob G. Lamont, was obtained in the public schools of Welland, Ontario, and was continued after the family came to Huntington county, by attendance at the high school in Huntington. On leaving school his experience was on the farm, assisting his father in caring for the stock and cultivating the fields, until he was twenty-one. In the meantime he had learned the carpenter’s trade, worked as a journeyman for some years, and finally located in Huntington as a contractor and builder. In the course of his long experience his services have been employed in the erection of many of the fine residences and in the construction of schools, churches, and other buildings, and he was one of the builders of St. Mary’s school at Huntington. In 1897 began his active interests in the lumber trade. In partnership with C. P. Kentz, the firm of Kentz & Lamont was established and for three years was conducted under the name of The Cash Lumber Company. During the next three years Mr. Lamont was associated with Mr. N. P. Salling of Muncie, in the same line, after which Abner Griffith of Muncie became his partner. In 1905, Mr. Lamont organized the Huntington Lumber Company, and was one of its active principals until 1911.

In 1910, as a Democrat, Mr. Lamont was elected State Senator from the district composed of Huntington and Whitley counties. His service has been through the sessions of 1911 and 1913, and his term expires in November, 1914. As a legislator he has shown a broad knowledge of the requirements of both his district and the state at large, and has done good work on several important committees. He has long been a factor in Democratic politics in Huntington county, and fraternally his associations are with the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Knights of the Maccabees. About two miles from Huntington Mr. Lamont owns a little farm of twenty acres, excellently improved and much of it in fruit, this affording a comfortable home, and also a means of diversion. In the city of Huntington he also owns considerable real estate.

In 1882 Senator Lamont married Miss Jennie McClelland a daughter of Samuel and Elzie (Patterson) McClelland. Their union has been blessed with five children: Margaret, Gertrude, Mayme, Edith, and Herbert Donald.

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