Samuel Lawrence (congressman)

Samuel Lawrence
Member of the New York State Assembly
for New York County
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byCharles Humphrey
Personal details
Born(1773-05-23)May 23, 1773
Newtown, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 20, 1837(1837-10-20) (aged 64)
Cayuta Lake, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
FatherJonathan Lawrence
RelativesWilliam T. Lawrence (brother)
John L. Lawrence (brother)
Abraham Lawrence (nephew)

Samuel Lawrence (May 23, 1773 in Newtown, Queens County, New York – October 20, 1837 near Cayuta Lake) was an American politician from New York.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Jonathan Lawrence and Ruth (Riker) Lawrence. He attended the common schools, studied law with his cousin Attorney General Nathaniel Lawrence, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in New York City. Among his siblings was New York State Senator John L. Lawrence (father of Abraham R. Lawrence) and U.S. Congressman William T. Lawrence.[1]

He was also a direct descendant of Capt. James Lawrence, a hero of the War of 1812,[2] and Maj. Thomas Lawrence of the British Army who received a land grant in 1656 in what became Queens.[3]


He was appointed a judge of the Marine Court of New York City. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co.) in 1811, and was Clerk of New York County from 1811 to 1812.

In 1814, he removed to an estate on the margin of Cayuta Lake, in Tioga County. He was a presidential elector in 1816 and voted for James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins. He was again a member of the State Assembly in 1820-21. Lawrence was elected as an Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican to the 18th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1823, to March 3, 1825.

Personal life[edit]

His son Samuel Lawrence (1810-1882) was a member of the New York State Assembly from Tompkins County in 1847; and from Schuyler County in 1863.

He was buried in the family cemetery on his estate.


U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Humphrey