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Abbott Lawrence (1792 - 1855)

Abbott Lawrence
Born in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 23 Jun 1819 [location unknown]
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Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Abbott Lawrence was born on 16 December 1792 to Samuel Lawrence and Susanna Parker in Groton, Massachusetts.[1][2]

Abbott married Katharine Bigelow on 23 June 1819. They had seven children: Annie Bigelow, James, George, John Abbott, Timeothy Bigelow, Abbott, and Katharine Bigelow.[1][2][3]

Abbott died on 18 August 1855 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1][2][4]


  • Graduated from Groton Academy in 1808[1]
  • Apprenticed for his brother, Amos, as chief clerk[1]
  • In 1814, formed a partnership with his brother, specializing in imports from Britain and China, called A & A Lawrence, becoming the greatest wholesale mercantile house in the U.S.[1]
  • Represented Massachusetts at the Harrisburg convention in 1827 as a protectionist.[1]
  • In 1834, he was elected to the 24th Congress as a Whig. He did not run for the 25th Congress, but was re-elected for the 26th Congress.[1][3]
  • In 1842, he was appointed commissioner to settle the Northeastern Boundary Dispute between Canada and the U.S.[1]
  • In 1844, he was an active part of the presidential campaign as a supporter of Henry Clay.[1]
  • Abbott was elected as a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1846[1]
  • He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1847[1]
  • In 1848, Abbott ran as a vice-president candidate for the Whig party. He was unsuccessful, but was chosen as Minister to Great Britain on Zachary Taylor's cabinet. He was involved in the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty negotiations.[1]
  • Abbott returned to the U.S. in 1852 and joined the presidential campaign of Winfield Scott, but ended up leaving the Whig partly of disagreements on slavery.
  • Abbott was an active member of the Unitarian Church[1]
  • He support Lawrence Academy, the Boston Public Library and helped establish the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard College.[1][2][3]
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts is named for Abbott[2]


  • Memoir of Abbott Lawrence in the Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. X, p. 297,October 1856


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Wikipedia contributors, ‘Abbott Lawrence’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 5 February 2016, 19:40 UTC, <> [accessed 2 April 2016]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rod Bigelow [( or Box 13 Chazy Lake, Dannemora, N.Y. 12929]. "Katharine Bigelow", The Bigelow Society, Inc. ( 3 May 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 John Morgan Bullard, The Rotches; (New Bedford, Cabinet Press, 1947) p. 413. [Copy available at ( or (]
  4. Find A Grave contributors, Memorial page for Abbott Lawrence (1792-1855), Find A Grave: Memorial No. 7499786, May 27, 2003.<>[accessed 2 April 2016]

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