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William LAWRENCE

(1814-1895)

LAWRENCE, William, a Representative from Ohio; born in Washington (now Old Washington), Guernsey County, Ohio, September 2, 1814; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., in 1835; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1843; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1851; served in the State senate in 1856 and 1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Thirty-fifth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1858; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Old Washington; again a member of the State senate in 1867, 1885, and 1886; member of the board of directors of the Ohio Penitentiary and served as president of the board; died in Old Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio, September 8, 1895; interment in the Washington Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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