William Lawrence (Ohio Democrat)

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William Lawrence
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by Charles J. Albright
Succeeded by Thomas Clarke Theaker
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Guernsey County district
In office
December 4, 1843 – December 1, 1844
Preceded by William Douglas
Succeeded by William Skinner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 19th district
In office
January 7, 1856 – March 4, 1857
Preceded by Western T. Sinclair
Succeeded by M. Morron
In office
January 6, 1868 – January 2, 1870
Preceded by R. Savage
Succeeded by James O. Amos
In office
January 4, 1886 – January 1, 1888
Preceded by inactive
Succeeded by David H. Mortley
Personal details
Born (1814-09-02)September 2, 1814
Old Washington, Ohio
Died September 8, 1895(1895-09-08) (aged 81)
Old Washington, Ohio
Resting place Washington Cemetery, Old Washington
Political party Democratic
Children James Lawrence
Alma mater Jefferson College

William Lawrence (September 2, 1814 – September 8, 1895) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the 17th District of Ohio. Lawrence was born in Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio. He was graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in 1835.

After farming for a few years, Lawrence was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1843. He was a Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler.[1] He was a delegate to the Ohio State constitutional convention in 1851. From 1856 to 1857, he served in the Ohio Senate.

On March 4, 1857, William Lawrence (D) was inaugurated as the Representative from the 17th Congressional District of Ohio to the 35th U.S. Congress. Lawrence served only in this Congress, as he was elected only to one term in office. Upon leaving Congress, Lawrence served again in the Ohio Senate (in 1867, 1885, and 1886). He also served as president of the board of directors of the Ohio Penitentiary.

William Lawrence died in Old Washington, Ohio on September 8, 1895, and is interred at the Washington Cemetery.

Lawrence was father of Ohio Attorney General James Lawrence.[2]


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 255
  2. ^ Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. p. 247. 

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Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Douglas
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
Guernsey County

Succeeded by
William Skinner
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Western T. Sinclair
Member of the Ohio Senate
19th district

Succeeded by
M. Morron
Preceded by
R. Savage
Member of the Ohio Senate
19th district

Succeeded by
James O. Amos
Preceded by
Member of the Ohio Senate
19th district

Succeeded by
David H. Mortley
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles J. Albright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th congressional district

March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Theaker