Amos Adams Lawrence

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Amos Adams Lawrence

Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Nahant, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Amos Lawrence and Sarah Lawrence
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence
Father of Marianne Appleton Amory; Sarah Brooks; Amory Appleton Lawrence; RIght Rev. Bishop William Lawrence; Susan Mason Loring and 2 others
Brother of William Richards Lawrence and Susanna Mason
Half brother of Mary Means Lawrence and Robert Means Lawrence

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About Amos Adams Lawrence

Amos Adams Lawrence (July 31, 1814 – August 22, 1886) was the son of famed philanthropist Amos Lawrence. He was educated at Groton Academy (now Lawrence Academy at Groton) and at Harvard College.

Born in Groton, Massachusetts, Amos Adams Lawrence was a key figure in the United States abolition movement in the years leading up to the Civil War. He contributed large amounts of capital to John Brown's abolitionism, and played a major role in the crucial border state of Kansas. (See Kansas-Nebraska Act.) There he financed the founding of the University of Kansas.

He also founded a college in Appleton, Wisconsin, which developed into Lawrence University. Lawrence also contributed large sums of money to Harvard and the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lawrence Academy, and the Groton School. Lawrence's farm outside of Boston became the campus for Boston College.

Amos Adams Lawrence is credited with founding an Episcopalian dynasty in Boston, Massachusetts, which prompted many Boston Brahmins to convert from Unitarianism.

Amos Adams Lawrence's son, William Lawrence, took an even more avid interest in the Episcopalian church, and became the long-time bishop of Massachusetts.

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Amos Adams Lawrence's Timeline

July 31, 1814
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
May 12, 1843
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
July 5, 1845
Age 30
April 22, 1848
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 35
Age 37
November 21, 1855
Age 41
June 8, 1858
Age 43
Boston, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
August 22, 1886
Age 72
Nahant, Essex, Massachusetts, United States