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Lucian Lamar Knight
The following biographical information on Lucian Lamar Knight is drawn from his biography in the American National Biography (2004):
Lucian Knight was born in Atlanta, George. His father was George Walton Knight, who was a Confederate general, lawyer, and cotton merchant. Knight attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1888. He entered law school, but gave up his studies. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1889 and set up his law practice in Macon. He moved to Atlanta in 1890.
In 1892 Knight abandoned the legal profession to join the Atlanta Constitution. He had been introduced to Joel Chandler Harris, at the Constitution before he took up his studies at the University of Georgia, as well as to other writers at the Constitution.
Knight was a lay preacher and helped establish the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He became a student again in 1902 when he did graduate work at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He received degrees from those institutions in 1904 and 1905. In November, 1905 he was ordained as a minister and became associate pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Suffering from bad health, he gave up the ministry and in 1906 traveled, alone, to Europe.
Returning from Europe he moved to southern California and joined a Los Angeles law firm, Harris and Harris, but it's unclear how much time he actually spent in the practice of law.
In 1907, his first historical work, Reminiscences of Famous Georgians, appeared. A second volume was published in 1908.
Knight left California to return to Atlanta in 1908 and joined the staff of the Agnes Scott Institute, a stay that was short-lived, as in that same year he was named associate editor the the Atlanta Georgia. He served in that position until 1910. From 1908 to 1910 he was also managing editor for the Library of Southern Literature series (the work which first drew Knight to our attention).
In 1913, Knight became an archivist of Georgia state records and edited numerous volumes of early Georgia documents and history. He founded the Georgia Historical Association in 1917 and served as the first President of the organization until 1919.
The American National Biography notes that Knight was a "writer, poet, historian, speaker, and master of ceremonies."
Knight was the editor of the Library of Southern Literature, a series for which Edwin Anderson Alderman and Joel Chandler Harris served as editors-in-chief.
Lucian Lamar Knight
Lucian Lamar Knight, Stone Mountain; or, The Lay of the Gray Minstrel (Atlanta: Johnson-Dallis, 1923)
________________, Memorials of Dixie-Land; Orations, Essays, Sketches and Poems on Topics Historical (Atlanta, Georgia: Lucian Lamar Knight/Byrd Printing, 1919) [online text]
Lucian Lamar Knight, Reminiscences of Famous Georgians: Embracing episodes and incidents in the lives of the great men of the state (Atlanta, Georgia: Franklin-Turner, 1908) [vol. 2: online text]
________________, A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1917) [vol. 2: online text]
________________, Woodrow Wilson the Dreamer and the Dream (Atlanta, Georgia: Johnson-Dallis Co., 1924)
________________, Tracking the Sunset or The Shrines of History Around the World (Atlanta, Georgia: published by the author/Stein Printing Co., 1925)