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Abraham R. Lawrence


Centurion, 1875–1917

Full Name Abraham Riker Lawrence

Born 19 September 1832 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 14 February 1917 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Lawrence Cemetery, Astoria, New York

Proposed by William E. Curtis and Bernard Roelker

Elected 6 February 1875 at age forty-two

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Century Memorial

Abraham Riker Lawrence was for twenty-eight years one of the esteemed justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. His was a long and, one may add, a genial career at the bar and upon the bench, where his friendly manner and excellent decisions won the affection and respect of those who had the fortune to practise before him. Many years ago Tammany made him its candidate for the Mayoralty of New York; but before then he had gained a reputation for balance, fairness, and learning as a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1867. He had an expert knowledge of the New York tax laws, and compiled a book upon this subject. A popular and genial companion and grandson of Captain Lawrence of the famous Chesapeake, he was twice elected president of the St. Nicholas Society.

Henry Osborn Taylor
1918 Century Association Yearbook