Amos Lawrence, (b. 22 April 1786, Groton, Massachusetts - d. Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. Year 1786 ( MDCCLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Groton is a town located in northwestern Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 31 December 1852, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American merchant and philanthropist. Events 406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. Year 1852 ( MDCCCLII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year He was the son of Samuel Lawrence, a Revolutionary War officer, and the founder of Groton Academy (now Lawrence Academy at Groton), where Amos was educated. Samuel Lawrence (1754-1827 was an American revolutionary from Groton Massachusetts.
In 1799, Lawrence became a clerk at a country store in Dunstable, Massachusetts. Dunstable (DUN-stah-ble is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. In 1804 he moved to Boston and founded a dry-goods mercantile, which became extraordinarily successful. In 1830, Lawrence established a cotton factory in Lowell, Massachusetts, and soon afterward became very ill. Lowell is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 105167 He devoted the rest of his life to philanthropy.
From 1831 until his death he gave over $639,000 (in 1840s dollars) to charitable causes. To Williams College, he gave nearly $40,000; to Groton Academy, which later changed its name to Lawrence Academy to honor both Amos and his brother, William Lawrence, he gave over $20,000; to Wabash College, Kenyon College, and the theological seminary at Bangor, Maine, he also gave sizable sums. Williams College is a highly selective private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Wabash College is a small private liberal arts college for men, located in Crawfordsville Indiana. Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of the The Episcopal Church Bangor is the County seat of Penobscot County, Maine, United States, and the major commercial and cultural center for eastern and northern Maine
His private donations were innumerable--so great that several rooms in his house were used as offices to coordinate them. Among other things, Amos Lawrence donated libraries to academic institutions, established a children's hospital in Boston, and gave $10,000 for the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument (Lawrence's father had fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill). The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775 on Breed's Hill, as part of the Siege of Boston during the American Revolutionary
At his death, his fortune was estimated at $8,100,000, making him one of the richest men in the United States.
Amos Lawrence's brother, Abbott Lawrence, founded Lawrence, Massachusetts. Abbott Lawrence ( December 16 1792, Groton Massachusetts – August 18 1855) was a prominent American businessman Lawrence is a city in Essex County Massachusetts, United States on the Merrimack River. His son, Amos Adams Lawrence, founded the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, was responsible for the founding of Lawrence, Kansas (thus its name) through his work with the New England Emigrant Aid Company, and also helped found Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Amos Adams Lawrence ( July 31, 1814 – August 22, 1886) was the son of famed philanthropist Amos Lawrence. The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is a public research university with campuses located in Lawrence, Kansas City Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the US State of Kansas and the County seat of Douglas County. Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Appleton is a city in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties in the U His grandson, Bishop William Lawrence, was the longtime Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts. The Episcopal Church is the official name of the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States. The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is one of the nine original Dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.