Samuel Lawrence (congressman)

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Samuel Lawrence (May 23, 1773 Newtown, Queens County, New York – October 20, 1837 near Cayuta Lake) was an American politician from New York.


He was the son of Jonathan Lawrence and Ruth (Riker) Lawrence. He attended the common schools, studied law with his cousin Attorney General Nathaniel Lawrence, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in New York City.

He was appointed a judge of the Marine Court of New York City. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1811, and was Clerk of New York County from 1811 to 1812.

In 1814, he removed to an estate on the margin of Cayuta Lake, in Tioga County. He was a presidential elector in 1816 and voted for James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins. He was again a member of the State Assembly in 1820-21. Lawrence was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to March 3, 1825.

He was buried in the family cemetery on his estate.

His son Samuel Lawrence (1810-1882) was a member of the New York State Assembly from Tompkins County in 1847; and from Schuyler County in 1863.

Congressman William T. Lawrence (1788–1859) was his brother.


United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Humphrey