Amos Adams Lawrence


Amos Adams Lawrence (July 31, 1814 – August 22, 1886), the son of philanthropist Amos Lawrence, was an important person in the United States abolition movement shortly before the Civil War. He was important in building the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Amos Adams Lawrence
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Amos Adams Lawrence seated at desk, c. 1880
Born(1814-07-31)July 31, 1814
DiedAugust 22, 1886(1886-08-22) (aged 72)
EducationGroton Academy
Alma materHarvard
OccupationMerchant, abolitionist
Known forGiving money to create the University of Kansas; anti-slavery movement; Jayhawker movement
Political partyWhig
Sarah Elizabeth Appleton
(his death 1886)
ChildrenWilliam Lawrence
Parent(s)Amos Lawrence
RelativesSamuel Lawrence (grandfather)
Luther Lawrence (uncle)
Abbott Lawrence (uncle)


Lawrence was born in Groton, Massachusetts or Boston on July 31, 1814.[1][2][3]

He died at his summer resort in Nahant, Massachusetts.[2]


Lawrence gave a lot of money to the New England Emigrant Aid Company because he did not want slavery.[4] He gave guns to Jayhawkers to help them fight in the Civil War.


  1. Lawrence, William Richards (ed.). 1855. Extracts from the Diary and Correspondence of the Late Amos Lawrence. Boston: Gould & Lincoln, p. 15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Amos Lawrence Dead". Lawrence Daily Journal. August 24, 1886. p. 1. Retrieved December 26, 2015 – via  
  3. Lee, Laura (ed.). 2001. The Name's Familiar II. Gretna: Pelican, p. 208.
  4.   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lawrence, Amos Adams" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 305.