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Abbott Lawrence
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Abbott Lawrence

Abbott Lawrence (December 16, 1792August 18, 1855) was an American businessman and politician.

Born in Groton, Massachusetts, he attended Groton Academy. After graduation he became a merchant and importer in Boston. He became a member of the Boston Common Council in 1831.

In 1834 he elected as a Whig to the 24th Congress, was not a candidate for renomination to the 25th Congress and was re-elected to the 26th Congress.

He was appointed a commissioner in 1842 to settle the Northeastern Boundary Dispute between Canada and the United States. He then served as a minister to Great Britain on and off for several years.

When he resigned his diplomatic posts, he returned to business in Boston. There he founded the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard University

He died in Boston and interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His brother Amos Lawrence was also an influential Bostonian.

This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.