Biography of Thomas Lawson
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Lawson, Thomas, born in Virginia, August 29, 1789, son of Thomas and Sarah (Robinson) Lawson, grandson of Col. Anthony and Mary (Calvert) Lawson, and of Tully Robinson, great grandson of Thomas and Frances (Sayer) Lawson, and of Wilham Robinson, and a descendant of Thomas Lawson, who settled at an early date in Virginia; after completing his preparatory education, he studied for the profession of physician and surgeon, and on March 1, 1809, was commissioned surgeon's mate in the United States navy, but resigned on being appointed to the United States army by President Madison, Februar 19, 1811; was transferred to the Seventh Infantry, May 17, 1815, and was appointed surgeon in the Sixth Infantry, September 7, 1811, to rank as such from May 21, 1817; was promoted to the rank of major, June 1, 1821; appointed surgeon general with the rank of colonel by President Jackson, February 1, 1837, to date from November 30, 1831, and swerved as lieutenant colonel of volunteers' in Florida in 1837-38; he was brevetted brigadier general, March 3, 1849, for distinguished and meritorious services in the field before and during the Mexican war, and ranked as such from May 30, 1848; he was the author of: "Report on Sickness and Mortality, United States Army, 1819-39" (1840); "Meteorological Register, 1826-30" (1830); "Appendix for 1822-25" (1840); his death occurred at the residence of Dr. Daniel Cary Barraged, in Norfolk, Virginia, May 14, 1811.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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