Born in Philadelphia, John H. B. Latrobe was a son of the great Benjamin Henry Latrobe. He studied engineering at West Point, but resigned after the death of his father. Switching gears, Latrobe took up the study of law and worked as a lawyer for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from 1828 until near his death.
Latrobe enjoyed varied artistic interests including writing poetry and fiction. He sometimes assisted his father in architectural work and is thought to have contributed to the design of the portico of Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption. He further contributed to Baltimore's parks system, serving as president of Druid Hill Park board from 1860 to 1891. His collaboration in the park extended to the Madison Avenue Gate and the expansion of the Mansion House. Latrobe was also one of the early proprietors of Green Mount Cemetery. His brother, Benjamin H. Latrobe, Jr., designed the walkways for the cemetery.
He involved himself in the organization of both the Maryland Institute, the Maryland Historical Society, and the American Bar Association. He succeeded Henry Clay in 1853 as president of the American Colonization Society.
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- Baltimore Chapter, AIA
- Druid Hill Park Board
- American Bar Association
- American Colonization Society
- Maryland Institute
- West Point
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