The New Student's Reference Work/Lawrence, Abbott
Lawrence, Abbott, an American merchant and philanthropist, was born at Groton, Mass., in 1792, and died in 1855. He acquired a large fortune, was elected to Congress and was one of the commissioners to settle the northeastern boundary question with Great Britain. Among his donations were $100,000 to Harvard College, to found Lawrence Scientific School, and $50,000 for model lodging houses. See Hunt's Lives of American Merchants.