George P. Lawrence

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George Pelton Lawrence
George P. Lawrence circa 1908[1]
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
November 2, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byAshley B. Wright
Succeeded byAllen T. Treadway
President of the
Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
Preceded byWilliam M. Butler[2]
Succeeded byGeorge E. Smith[2]
Member of the Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
Judge of the District Court of North Berkshire[1]
In office
Personal details
Born(1859-05-19)May 19, 1859
Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedNovember 21, 1917(1917-11-21) (aged 58)
New York, New York, U.S.[3]
Political partyRepublican[4]

George Pelton Lawrence (May 19, 1859 – November 21, 1917) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Adams, Massachusetts,[4] Lawrence was the son of Dr. George C. Lawrence and his wife, Jane E. Pelton, and also the nephew of New York City Congressman Guy Ray Pelton. He graduated from Drury Academy in 1876 and from Amherst College[3] in 1880.[4] Lawrence studied law at the Columbia Law School.[4] On June 12, 1889, Pelton married Susannah Hope Bracewell (1866-1914).

Legal career[edit]

Lawrence was admitted to the bar in 1883[4] and commenced practice in North Adams.[4]

Public service[edit]


Lawrence was appointed judge of the judicial district of northern Berkshire, County[1] in 1885. Lawrence resigned his judgeship in 1894 upon being elected to the Massachusetts Senate.[4]

Massachusetts Senate[edit]

Lawrence served in the senate[1] from 1895 to 1897 and was its President,[1][3] in 1896[2][4] and 1897.[4]

Congressional service[edit]

Lawrence was elected as a Republican[4] to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ashley B. Wright.[4] Lawrence was reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from November 2, 1897, to March 3, 1913.[3][4][5] While in Congress Lawrence was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-first Congresses).[4]

Post Congressional career[edit]

Lawrence was not a candidate for renomination in 1912,[4] and from July 1 to September 17, 1913, was a member of the Massachusetts Public Service Commission.


Lawrence jumped from an eighth-floor window and fell to his death, at the Belmont Hotel, New York, New York;[3] interment was in Hillside Cemetery, North Adams.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Who's Who in State Politics, 1908, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1908, p. 15
  2. ^ a b c d Coolidge, Henry D. (1921), A Manual for the Use of the General Court for 1921, Boston, MA: The Massachusetts General Court, p. 259
  3. ^ a b c d e "GEORGE P. LAWRENCE JUMPS TO HIS DEATH; Ex-Congressman Leaps from a Window on the Eighth Floor of the Hotel Belmont. ILL WITH NERVOUS TROUBLE Former Representative from Massachusetts Left a Note Asking That Senator Crane Be Notified". The New York Times. November 22, 1917. Retrieved June 13, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o US Congress (2005), Biographical directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005 the Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, inclusive, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, p. 1425
  5. ^ "S. Doc. 58-1 - Fifty-eighth Congress. (Extraordinary session -- beginning November 9, 1903.) Official Congressional Directory for the use of the United States Congress. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing by A.J. Halford. Special edition. Corrections made to November 5, 1903". U.S. Government Printing Office. November 9, 1903. p. 47. Retrieved July 2, 2023.


Political offices
Preceded by President of the Massachusetts Senate
January 1896 – January 1897
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

November 2, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Succeeded by