Biography of James W. Lawrence
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Lawrence, James Whippey, merchant, is the oldest son of James C. and Mary R. (Fisher) Lawrence, and was born in Nantucket, Mass., February 9, 1837. The family resided in Nantucket for several generations. James C. Lawrence was a cooper by trade and later a teamster, and in 1861 removed to Michigan, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying in Arcada about 1883. He was one of two sons and a daughter, triplets, whose father was lost at sea three months before their birth, while en route on a vessel from Nantucket to Virginia. All of these triplets lived to be over seventy years of age. Mr. Lawrence had thirteen children, James W. being the third; his wife died about 1888. James Whippy Lawrence was educated in the public schools of New Bedford, whither the family moved in 1845. Afterward he spent a short time in the merchant coasting service and then learned the trade of harness maker, which he followed about four years. He subsequently spent sixteen and a half years in George L. Brownell's carriage shop and later engaged in the same business for himself. In 1878 he formed a copartnership with Charles H. Briggs, and under the firm name of Briggs & Lawrence has since carried on the furniture business at 197 and 203 Union street, adding to the original stock a full line of carpets. draperies, etc. This is one of the largest and finest establishments of the kind in the city. Mr. Lawrence is a member of Star in the East Lodge, F. & A. M., of Adoniram Chapter, R. A. M., of New Bedford Council, R. & S. M., of Sutton Cornmandery, K. T., and of the Veteran Firemen's Association. March 8, 1857, he married Sarah E., daughter of William B. King of New Bedford, and they have had three children: Clara E. (deceased), Ida E. and Etta F., still living.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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