Samuel Lawrence (revolutionary)

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Samuel Lawrence (April 24, 1754 – April 17, 1827) was an American revolutionary from Groton, Massachusetts.


Maj. Samuel Lawrence fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill under Henry Farwell. Samuel served in the army for 3 and half years from 1775 to 1778, and rose within the U.S. Army to the rank of major. While in the army he married Susanna Parker on July 22, 1777. He was adjutant under General John Sullivan in the Battle of Rhode Island and served there until he retired from service in 1778.[1] After the war, Lawrence returned to Groton, where he settled as a farmer.

In 1793, he helped to found Groton Academy (now Lawrence Academy at Groton).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Of English ancestry, Lawrence was born in 1754 in Groton, then in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, to Amos and Abigail (née Abbott) Lawrence.[3] He was the patriarch of the Boston Brahmin Lawrence family. He married Susanna Parker in 1777, and had 9 children. His sons, who were all influential in United States history, included:[4]

Luther died on April 17, 1839, when he fell into a wheel pit while showing a visitor around his mill.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Extracts From The Diary And Correspondence Of The Late Amos Lawrence; With A Brief Account of Some Incidents in his Life" Edited By His Son, William R. Lawrence M.D., published by Gould And Lincoln, BOSTON 1855.
  2. ^ Butler, Caleb (1848). History of the Town of Groton: Including Pepperell and Shirley, from the First Grant of Groton Plantation in 1655. Press of T.R. Marvin. Retrieved 16 March 2018. History Of the Town of Groton.
  3. ^ Lawrence, Robert Means (1904). The descendants of Major Samuel Lawrence of Groton. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press. pp. 1–6.
  4. ^ Hunt, A.N., Freeman (1858). Lives of American Merchants, Vol. II. New York: Derby & Jackson. pp. 223–386. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  • Dr. Samuel A. Green, various books and articles on the history of Groton.
  • Lowell Historical Society Website
  • Vital Records of Groton. Published 1926.