Effingham Lawrence

Effingham Lawrence ( born March 2, 1820 Long Iceland, New York, † December 9, 1878 in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana ) was an American politician. In 1875 he represented for one day the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Effingham Lawrence was a cousin of Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence (1791-1861), the New York State represented in Congress 1833-1834 and then mayor of New York City was. The younger Lawrence attended the public schools of his home and moved in 1843 to Louisiana. There he became planters. He was also involved in the sugar refining. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. He was for several years a deputy in the House of Representatives from Louisiana.

In the congressional elections of 1872 he was defeated by Republican J. Hale Sypher. Lawrence laid but against the election results a contradiction. This was on the very last day of the next legislative session, March 3, 1875 upheld. Thus, Lawrence was able to exercise for a day from his position in Congress. At this point, the next Congressman of the first district of Louisiana was elected by Randall L. Gibson long ago, who took over the mandate of Lawrence on March 4.

In the following years, Effingham Lawrence again devoted his agricultural interests. He died on December 9, 1878 at his Magnolia Plantation in Plaquemines Parish and was buried in New Orleans.