Samuel Lawrence (revolutionary)


Samuel Lawrence (revolutionary)

Samuel Lawrence(1754-1827) was an American revolutionary from Groton, Massachusetts.

Samuel Lawrence fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill under Henry Farwell who was killed there. Samuel served in the army for 3 and half years from 1775 to 1778, and rose within the U.S. Army to the rank of major. While in the army he married Susanna Parker in 1777. He was adjutant under General John Sullivan in Rhode Island in 1778. After the war, Lawrence returned to Groton, Massachusetts, where he settled as a farmer. In 1793, he helped to found Groton Academy, (now Lawrence Academy at Groton.)

He was the patriarch of "Boston Brahmin" Lawrence family. His sons, William(1783-1848), Abbott(1792-1855), and Amos(1786-1852), were all influential in United States history. He was also the father of Samuel(1801) who was a business partner with his brother William, and Luther Lawrence(1778-1839) who was Mayor of Lowell, MA 1838–39. Luther died on April 17 1839 when he fell into a wheel pit while showing a visitor around his mill.

References

* Caleb Butler, [http://books.google.com/books?id=VLQh_RIGerQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=History+Of+the+Town+of+Groton "History Of the Town of Groton",] published 1848, 499 pages. [http://books.google.com/books?id=VLQh_RIGerQC&dq=History+Of+the+Town+of+Groton&q=%22Samuel+Lawrence%22 ]
* Dr. Samuel A. Green, various books and articles on the history of Groton.
* Lowell Historical Society Website
* "Lives of American Merchants" By Freeman Hunt, published 1858, in [http://books.google.com/books?id=A7YmR230yAkC&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0 volume 2] page 225 in his sons biography [http://books.google.com/books?id=A7YmR230yAkC&pg=PA225 Amos Lawrence article has few pages on his father, Samuel.]
* [http://www.rays-place.com/town/ma/groton/ Vital Records of Groton.] Published 1926.


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