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The Lott mss., 1863-1890, are papers of Mortimer H. Lott, 1827-1890, rancher.

Career: born, Dec. 25, 1827, Lottville, Pennsylvania; moved to Marshall County, Kansas, about 1857 and engaged in farming; about 1859 went West, living first in Colorado and New Mexico before arriving in Montana on July 10, 1862, where he engaged in mining at Bannack; 1863, moved to Virginia City, Montana, and operated a store for about two years; 1864, squatted on land on present site of Twin Bridges, Montana, and engaged in ranching; Jan. 2, 1865, was granted a charter for the Montana bridge and ferry company; laid out town of Twin Bridges; died, 1890.

Biographical information on Mortimer Lott may be found in Helen Fitzgerald Sanders' A History of Montana (Chicago and New York, 1913), II:934; Merrill G. Burlingame's The Montana Frontier (Helena, Montana, 1942), p. 339; and Tom Stout's Montana, Its Story and Biography (Chicago and New York, 1921), I:286.

The collection contains items relating to the Montana Vigilante including a grocery bill from Lott & Brothers to William Clark for the Vigilant community, Nov. 23, 1863, and subscription lists of citizens of Highland District, Jan. 16, 1864, and of Pine Grove, undated, to defray expenses in ferreting out highwaymen. Included also are letters, Jan. 13, 1867, Sept. 5 and 17, 1868, from John S. Lott to his brother, Mortimer H. Lott, the last of which gives an account of a boat trip from Fort Benton, Montana, down the Missouri River; statements giving the boundaries of school districts, numbers 6 and 7, Oct. 18, 1868; a report of books used and names and attendance of scholars in District number 7, Madison County, Montana, Jan. 11, 1873; and a subscription list of citizens of Twin Bridges, Montana, for the purpose of procuring fireworks for celebrating the fourth of July, May 22, 1879.

Collection size: 37 items

Collection size: 37 items

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