William Lawrence (Ohio Democrat)

William Lawrence ( born September 2, 1814 Old Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio; † September 8, 1895 ) was an American politician. Between 1857 and 1859 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Lawrence, had classical training. In 1835 he graduated from Jefferson College in Canonsburg (Pennsylvania). Thereafter, he worked in agriculture. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the presidential election of 1848, he was Democratic elector for the defeated candidate Lewis Cass. In 1843 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio; in the years 1856 and 1857 he was a member of the State Senate. In 1851 he was a delegate to a constitutional convention of his state.

In the congressional elections of 1856 Lawrence was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles J. Albright on March 4, 1857. Since he resigned in 1858 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1859. This was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War. During his time as an MP Lawrence was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Finance.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William Lawrence worked in Old Washington on the market. In the years 1867, 1885 and 1886 he was again in the Senate of Ohio. He also was chairman of the local state prison. He died on 8 September 1895 in Old Washington, where he was also buried.