George P. Lawrence
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George Pelton Lawrence
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Massachusetts's 1st district
November 2, 1897 – March 3, 1913
|Preceded by||Ashley B. Wright|
|Succeeded by||Allen T. Treadway|
|President of the|
|Preceded by||William M. Butler|
|Succeeded by||George E. Smith|
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Judge of the District Court of North Berkshire|
|Born||May 19, 1859|
|Died||November 21, 1917 (aged 58)|
New York, New York
Early life and education
Born in Adams, Massachusetts, 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 in 1880. Lawrence studied law at the Columbia Law School. On June 12, 1889, Pelton married Susannah Hope Bracewell (1866-1914).
Lawrence was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ashley B. Wright. Lawrence was reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from November 2, 1897, to March 3, 1913. While in Congress Lawrence was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-first Congresses).
Post Congressional career
- Who's Who in State Politics, 1908, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1908, p. 15
- Coolidge, Henry D. (1921), A Manual for the Use of the General Court for 1921, Boston, MA: The Massachusetts General Court, p. 259
- "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.
- 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
- Who's Who in State Politics, 1908 Practical Politics (1908) p. 15.
- United States Congress. "George P. Lawrence (id: L000133)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.