James Lawrence (Ohio politician)
|17th Ohio Attorney General|
January 14, 1884 – January 11, 1886
|Preceded by||David Hollingsworth|
|Succeeded by||Jacob A. Kohler|
January 15, 1851|
Old Washington, Ohio
|Died||July 4, 1914
Brookside, West Virginia
|Spouse(s)||Jennie Gardner Porter|
|Alma mater||Kenyon College|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Judge, Law Professor|
James Lawrence was born January 15, 1851 at Old Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio, son of Congressman William Lawrence. He attended public schools and graduated from Kenyon College in 1871. At college he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and Phi Alpha Delta He then studied law at Cambridge, Ohio under Joseph W. White, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio and entered the law office of G. H. Foster, eventually becoming his partner, and remained so until 1893. He then became head of Lawrence and Estep.
In 1883 Lawrence was nominated by the Democratic Party for Attorney General, and defeated Republican Moses B. Earnhart in the general election. In 1885, he ran again and was defeated by Republican Jacob A. Kohler. In 1888 he married Jennie Gardner Porter, and had three children. Their names were Harriet, and twins Keith and Margaret R. In 1893 and 1894 he was Corporate Council of the City of Cleveland. From 1896-1911, Lawrence was professor of law at Western Reserve University. In 1902 he was elected Common Pleas Judge, and was elected again in 1910. He served until his death July 4, 1914. He died at Brookside, West Virginia while on vacation with his wife.
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