Biography of P. E. Lawrence
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Lawrence, P. E., now retired from the activities of business life, a well known and esteemed resident of Hoosick Falls, was born at Schuylerville, Saratoga county, N. Y., August 12, 1826, son of a woolen manufacturer, Ira Lawrence, who engaged in business at Schuylerville as early as 1810. Mr. Lawrence learned the mason's trade at Troy and soon became a master of the business, taking extensive contracts for erection of brick and stone structures here and elsewhere. He built in 1871 the Malleable Iron Works here and later the high school on Main street and several blocks. The late James Esterbrooks of this place was at one time his partner. Mr. Lawrence has permanently resided here since 1870. He has no children, an only daughter, Luta May, having died in 1858. Mrs. Lawrence is a daughter of the late Samuel Crosby of Hoosick Falls. Mr. Lawrence is an amateur musician of some note, especially as a singer, and Mrs. Lawrence an artist in oils, decorating her home with charming landscapes.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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