Amos Adams Lawrence

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Amos Adams Lawrence
Amos Adams Lawrence.jpg
Amos Adams Lawrence seated at desk, c. 1880
Born(1814-07-31)July 31, 1814
DiedAugust 22, 1886(1886-08-22) (aged 72)
EducationGroton Academy
Alma materHarvard
OccupationMerchant, abolitionist
Known forGiving money to create the University of Kansas; anti-slavery movement; Jayhawker movement
Political partyWhig
Republican
Spouse(s)
Sarah Elizabeth Appleton
(his death 1886)
ChildrenWilliam Lawrence
Parent(s)Amos Lawrence
RelativesSamuel Lawrence (grandfather)
Luther Lawrence (uncle)
Abbott Lawrence (uncle)

Amos Adams Lawrence (July 31, 1814 – August 22, 1886), the son of philanthropist Amos Lawrence, was an important person in the United States abolition movement shortly before the Civil War. He was important in building the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Life[change | change source]

Lawrence was born in Groton, Massachusetts or Boston on July 31, 1814.[1][2][3]

He died at his summer resort in Nahant, Massachusetts.[2]

Abolitionism[change | change source]

Lawrence gave a lot of money to the New England Emigrant Aid Company because he did not want slavery.[4] He gave guns to Jayhawkers to help them fight in the Civil War.

Personal life[change | change source]

Lawrence's parents were Unitarians, but he became Anglican and was confirmed as a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Boston in 1842.[5] He met and married Sarah Elizabeth Appleton (1822–1891) at the church. Sarah was a daughter of U.S. Representative William Appleton and Mary Ann (née Cutler) Appleton, and she was a relative of Samuel Appleton, a trustee of Massachusetts General Hospital and president of the Young Men's Benevolent Society. Together, Amos and Sarah were the parents of:

He died at his summer resort in Nahant, Massachusetts.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lawrence, William Richards (ed.). 1855. Extracts from the Diary and Correspondence of the Late Amos Lawrence. Boston: Gould & Lincoln, p. 15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Amos Lawrence Dead". Lawrence Daily Journal. August 24, 1886. p. 1. Retrieved December 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. Lee, Laura (ed.). 2001. The Name's Familiar II. Gretna: Pelican, p. 208.
  4.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lawrence, Amos Adams" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 305. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. Baltzell, E. Digby (1970). Puritan Boston & Quaker Philadelphia. New York: Free Press. p. 366. ISBN 9781412832571.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Foster, E. Everton (1916). Lamb's Textile Industries of the United States: Embracing Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and a Historical Resume of the Progress of Textile Manufacture from the Earliest Records to the Present Time. James H. Lamb. p. 275. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  7. "Dr. Lawrence Dies; Bishop Emeritus". The New York Times. November 7, 1941. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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