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LAWRENCE, Samuel M., son of Joseph and Maria (Bucher) Lawrence, was born in Washington county, Pa., December 14, 1835. His father's death occurring when he was six years old his mother removed two years later to Harrisburg, her former home, where she continued to reside during the remainder of her life, and here Samuel received his principal education, although attending Jefferson College for a time. From boyhood he was a remarkable student, and had a perfect hunger for knowledge. At an early age he adopted the profession of civil engineering, and was engaged in the survey of the Sunbury & Erie (now Philadelphia & Erie) railroad, and continued on it until its completion in 1864. He was perfectly familiar with every part of the road, and had traveled it all on foot from Sunbury. to Erie. He was one of the four original contractors who built the Oil Creek railroad, and also chief engineer of it. He was also engaged in the survey of the Warren and Franklin road at the time of his death. He was nominated by the Republican party in the counties of Clearfield, McKean, Jefferson and Elk for the Legislature, and represented them in the session of 1860-61, thus spending the winter in Harrisburg, his old home. He married, April 4, 1864, Hannah, daughter of Hon. John Green. He resided in Warren the last three or four years of his life and died there October 17, 1864, in his twenty-ninth year. He is buried in Harrisburg.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Becky Tuszynski for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 24 February 2001

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