Right Rev. Bishop William Lawrence

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William Lawrence

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 6, 1941 (91)
Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Spink, South Dakota, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Amos Adams Lawrence and Sarah Elizabeth Appleton
Husband of Julia Cunningham
Father of Marian Lawrence; Sarah Lawrence; Rosamond Lawrence; William Appleton Lawrence; Elinor Lawrence and 3 others
Brother of Marianne Appleton Amory; Sarah Brooks; Amory Appleton Lawrence; Susan Mason Loring; Hetty Sullivan Cunningham and 1 other

Occupation: Bishop of Episcopalian Church
Managed by: Private User
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About Right Rev. Bishop William Lawrence

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William Lawrence graduated from Harvard College, as was the tradition in his family, and earned his D.D. from Harvard Divinity School in 1897. The Right Reverend Lawrence was later honored with an LL.D. from the Harvard in 1910 presented by his cousin and then Harvard President, A. Lawrence Lowell.

Bishop Lawrence is best known for founding the church pension system. He was also known as "the banker Bishop" because his fund raising drives "invariably developed with Midas-like magic." Financier, J. P. Morgan, Jr. served as Treasurer of the Church Pension Fund from its founding in 1918.

While Bishop Emeritus, William Lawrence was involved in an effort to proposition a new Book of Common Prayer to the Church of England. Also, while in retirement, the Bishop realized the need for a chapel at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the late 1930's, as the White Building was under construction, convinced of the importance of faith and spirit in healing, he sent over fifteen hundred hand-written letters to friends of the Hospital asking for their support "in this bit of pioneer hospital work." Over eight hundred people of all faiths responded.

His sons, following in his footsteps also became Bishops of the Episcopal Church. William Appleton Lawrence was elected 3rd Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts (1925–41) and Frederic C. Lawrence was elected Suffragan Bishop to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (1956–68).

Famous quote


The "banker Bishop" is quoted as having said, "In the long run it is only to the man of morality that wealth comes... We, like the Psalmists, occasionally see the wicked prosper, but only occasionally. Godliness is in league with riches.”


William Lawrence was elected as the 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (1893–1927). Lawrence was the son of the notable textile industrialist Amos Adams Lawrence and a member of the influential Boston family, founded by his great-grandfather and American revolutionary, Samuel Lawrence. His grandfather was the famed philanthropist Amos Lawrence.

Lawrence was born in 1850 and graduated from Harvard College, as was the tradition in his family. He earned his Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1897. He was later honored with a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree from Harvard in 1910 presented by his cousin and then president of Harvard, A. Lawrence Lowell.

Lawrence is best known for founding the church pension system. He was also known as "the banker bishop" because his fund-raising drives "invariably developed with Midas-like magic." The financier J. P. Morgan, Jr. served as treasurer of the Church Pension Fund from its founding in 1918.

While bishop emeritus, Lawrence was involved in an effort to proposition a new Book of Common Prayer to the Church of England. Also, while in retirement, he realized the need for a chapel at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the late 1930s, as the White Building was under construction, convinced of the importance of faith and spirit in healing, he sent over fifteen hundred hand-written letters to friends of the hospital asking for their support "in this bit of pioneer hospital work."[citation needed] Over eight hundred people of all faiths responded.

In 1926, Lawrence published his autobiography, Memories of a Happy Life.

His sons, following in his footsteps also became bishops of the Episcopal Church. William Appleton Lawrence was elected 3rd Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts (1925–41) and Frederic C. Lawrence was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (1956–68). Lawrence's daughter Sarah founded the Junior League of Boston in 1906. She later married her father's successor, Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery, in 1923.

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Right Rev. Bishop William Lawrence's Timeline

1850
May 30, 1850
Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1875
May 16, 1875
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1877
February 4, 1877
Age 26
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1879
March 22, 1879
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1882
December 2, 1882
Age 32
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1886
January 27, 1886
Age 35
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1889
May 21, 1889
Age 38
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1894
January 31, 1894
Age 43
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1899
May 22, 1899
Age 48
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States