Thomas Lawrence (mayor)

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Thomas Lawrence (1689–1754) was a merchant who was elected to six one-year terms as mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1729 and his death in 1754.

Born in New York City, he came around 1720 to Philadelphia, where, for the rest of his life, Lawrence was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1730, after being associated with James Logan, Lawrence formed a partnership with Edward Shippen; Shippen & Lawrence became one of Philadelphia's leading firms.

Apart from his life in private business, Lawrence held several positions of trust in the city, including serving as mayor for six one-year terms, as city councilman and alderman, and as judge of the county court. During 1730 he worked with Dr. John Kearsley and Andrew Hamilton on a committee for the preparation and planning to build the Philadelphia state house, the later Independence Hall.[1] At the provincial level, Lawrence began his service on the Provincial Council in 1728. On his death in 1754, a notice in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette emphasized his record of public service and his humanity in all aspects of his life.

Lawrence was a founder and trustee of The Academy and College of Philadelphia.

He died in office, in Philadelphia, and is buried at Christ Church Burial Ground.[2]

Preceded by
Charles Read
Mayor of Philadelphia
1727–1729
(2 terms)
Succeeded by
Thomas Griffitts
Preceded by
Thomas Griffitts
Mayor of Philadelphia
1734–1735
Succeeded by
William Allen
Preceded by
Clement Plumsted
Mayor of Philadelphia
1737–1738
Succeeded by
Anthony Morris
Preceded by
Charles Willing
Mayor of Philadelphia
1749–1750
Succeeded by
William Plumsted
Preceded by
Benjamin Shoemaker
Mayor of Philadelphia
1753–1754
(died in office)
Succeeded by
Charles Willing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browning, Charles H. (1916). "The State House Yard, and Who Owned It First after William Penn. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 40(1), p.87
  2. ^ Map of Old Christ Church Burial Ground

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