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Laura Martin Rose


Mrs. Rose is a native Tennessean. She was Miss Laura Martin, born at Pulaski, Tennessee, m the year 1862, daughter of William M. Martin and Lizzie Gorin Otis. Her grandfather, Mr. Thomas Martin, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1799, and at the age of ten years moved with his father, Abram Martin, to Sumner County, Tennessee, in the year 1809, when that country was still the happy hunting ground of the Red Man. His ancestors were of Welsh origin, immigrating to Virginia in the early days. Mr. Martin as merchant, planter and banker impressed himself upon the history of Giles County, Tennessee, and left a name revered by all. He was a man of strong intellect, public spirited and noted for his uprightness and charity.

Through her mother, a beautiful and brilliant woman, Mrs. Rose claims French descent. The Gorins were descendants of the Huguenots of France, two brothers immigrating to this country and settling in Maryland. John Gorin, her great-great-grandfather, was a revolutionary soldier, moving to Barron County, Kentucky, in 1789. Mrs. Rose was married in 1881 to Solon E. F. Rose, of Pulaski, Tennessee, son of Colonel Solon E. Rose, as eminent Tennessee lawyer. This union brought together two of Tennessee's most prominent families. She is the mother of three children, a daughter and two sons. Her daughter, Lizzie Otis Rose, died some years ago. Her sons, Martin and Solon Clifton, live with their parents at West Point, Mississippi.

Mrs. Rose at the present time enjoys the distinguished honor of being the president of the Mississippi division. United Daughters of the Confederacy. Prior to her election to this high position, she was historian of the division for two years. She did good work along historical lines. She has written several papers of interest and value, namely, "The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Its Objects and Missions," "Arlington, Its Past and Present," "The Ku Klux Klan," giving authentic history of the origin of that famous "klan." Her public work has been along United Daughters of the Confederacy lines, and she has thrown into it all the love and enthusiasm of her nature for her beloved Southland. She has stood for the truth of history, believing that "History is the life of a nation," and has been untiring in her efforts to present in her work the truths of the history of the Southern Confederacy, that "Storm-cradled Nation" that fell.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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