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LAWRENCE, WILLIAM CALDWELL ANDERSON, lawyer, son of Joseph and Maria (Bucher) Lawrence, was born May 18, 1832, in Washington county, PA. His grandfather, John Lawrence, of English birth, emigrated to America at an early day, and settled near Hunterstown, Adams county, Pa. There he married Sarah Moffet, by whom he had ten children. John Lawrence died about 1786, and three years afterwards his widow removed with her family to Washington county, and settled on a farm lying on the headwaters of Pigeon creek. One of the sons of John Lawrence, John, settled at Beaver, Pa.; twice represented the county in the Legislature, subsequently removing to Deleware county, where he died. Samuel followed his brother to Beaver county, and located upon a farm. He was nine years prothonotary of the county, and twice elected to the State Assembly. He died about 1828. Joseph Lawrence, the youngest of the family, remained in Washington county. In 1818 he was chosen to the Legislature, and served continuously until 1826, being speaker of the House during the sessions of 1820 and 1822. In 1826 he was lected to the Congress; in 1834 and 1835 returned to the Legislature, and in 1836 elected State treasurer. In 1838 he was a candidate for Congress, defeated by seventeen votes, but elected in 1840. He died in Washington, D. C., April 7, 1842. He was twice married. By his first wife, Rebecca Van Eman, he had four children: Joseph, George V., Sarah and Samuel. By his second wife, Sarah Bucher, who died in 1861, he had five children: John J. James K., William C., Samuel and Susan. William Caldwell Anderson Lawrence was educated at Washington College, where he graduated in 1850. He came to Harrisburg and began the study of law with John C. Kunkel. He was admitted to the Dauphin county bar August 31, 1853, and entered upon the practice of his profession at Harrisburg as law partner with Mr. Kunkel. He was elected to the Legislature in 1857, 1858 and 1859, and was speaker of the House of Representatives, sessions of 1859 and 1860. He died at Harrisburg, Aapril 21, 1860.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 November 2000

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