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A. T. Lawrence

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A. T. Lawrence, of Sperry Township, was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1836. His father, Daniel T. Lawrence, was born on the coast of Massachusetts, July 16, 1803. When he was five years old he removed to Jefferson County, N. Y. while that section was still a wilderness. Here he grew to manhood, and at the age of twenty-four years married Almera Brown. He was a shoemaker by trade, which business he followed until 1837, when he again emigrated, this time as far as Ohio. In that State he raised his family, which consisisted of one son - our subject - and six daughters. His wife died April 28, 1852. In 1854 he removed with his family to Clayton County, settling in Sperry Township, where he engaged in farming. At present he is in a feeble state of health, and has given up his business mostly to his son. The latter, whose name heads this sketch, and whose portrait appears in this work was educated in the common schools of Ohio. He was but seventeen years old when his father came to Clayton County. Here he assisted on his father's farm. He was married March 9, 1873, to Miss Mary C. Gill, of Jefferson County, N.Y. About a year since Mr. Lawrence started a creamery on his farm, in which he is now doing a good business. Politically he is a Greenbacker. He has been an active politician, and is a representative member of his party. He called the first Greenback convention ever held in Clayton County. He is well-known in all parts of the county, and is much respected by all. Postoffice address, Volga City.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1099


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