James Lawrence (Ohio politician)

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James Lawrence
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17th Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 14, 1884 – January 11, 1886
Preceded by David Hollingsworth
Succeeded by Jacob A. Kohler
Personal details
Born (1851-01-15)January 15, 1851
Old Washington, Ohio
Died July 4, 1914(1914-07-04) (aged 63)
Brookside, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennie Gardner Porter
Children three
Alma mater Kenyon College
Occupation Lawyer, Judge, Law Professor

James Lawrence (January 15, 1851 – July 4, 1914) was a Democratic politician from the state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General 1884–1886.


James Lawrence was born January 15, 1851 at Old Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio, son of Congressman William Lawrence.[1] He attended public schools and graduated from Kenyon College in 1871.[2] At college he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and Phi Alpha Delta.[3] He then studied law at Cambridge, Ohio under Joseph W. White,[4] and was admitted to the bar in 1874.[5] He moved to Cleveland, Ohio and entered the law office of G. H. Foster, eventually becoming his partner, and remained so until 1893. He then became head of Lawrence and Estep.[5]

In 1883 Lawrence was nominated by the Democratic Party for Attorney General, and defeated Republican Moses B. Earnhart in the general election. In 1885, he ran again and was defeated by Republican Jacob A. Kohler.[6] In 1888 he married Jennie Gardner Porter, and had three children.[5] Their names were Harriet, and twins Keith and Margaret R.[3] In 1893 and 1894 he was Corporate Council of the City of Cleveland.[2][5] From 1896 to 1911, Lawrence was professor of law at Western Reserve University.[3] In 1902 he was elected Common Pleas Judge, and was elected again in 1910.[2] He served until his death July 4, 1914.[7] He died at Brookside, West Virginia while on vacation with his wife.[3]

He was a Freemason.[3]


  1. Reed, p. 247.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Powell, p. 233.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 History of Cleveland, p. 82-83.
  4. Kennedy & Day, p. 282-283.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Neff, p. 227.
  6. Smith, p. 473, 512.
  7. Fess, p. 202.


Legal offices
Preceded by
David Hollingsworth
Attorney General of Ohio
Succeeded by
Jacob A. Kohler