Frederic C. Lawrence

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Frederic Cunningham Lawrence (1899 – April 16, 1989) was a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1956–1968). His father, William Lawrence, was the seventh Bishop of Massachusetts (1893–1927).

Lawrence was the grandson of the notable abolitionist Amos Adams Lawrence and a member of the influential Boston family, founded by his great-great-grandfather and American revolutionary Samuel Lawrence; his great-grandfather was the noted philanthropist Amos Lawrence.

Education and career[edit]

Frederic Cunningham Lawrence became a priest in 1925 after graduating from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he became rector of St. Peter's Church. He was later appointed rector of St. Paul's Church in nearby Brookline.

Lawrence earned his Doctor of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1937 and was elected suffragan bishop in 1956, a position which he held in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts until his retirement in 1968. He was also active with the Episcopal chaplaincy at Harvard and was a trustee of Milton Academy and the American University of Beirut.

Lawrence's brother, William Appleton Lawrence, was the third Bishop of Western Massachusetts (1925–1941).

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