|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1830|
|Death: ||May 9, 1921|
Daniel Warren Lawrence passed from this life at his home at 31 Salem Street, Medford, Massachusetts, on Monday, May 9, 1921, at the age of ninety years and seven months. He was born on Thacher Street, in the North End of Boston, on October 8, 1830. His ancestry can be traced from Sir Robert Lawrence of Ashton, England, who was knighted about 1190. His first American ancestor was one John Lawrence, who came from St. Albans, England, and settled in Watertown in 1635. He was the son of General of Daniel and Elizabeth (Crocker) Lawrence. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Medford where he was educated in the public schools, and after graduation from the Medford High School he pursued his studies for several terms at Lawrence Academy, Groton.
In 1849, when only nineteen years of age, his love of adventure caused him to seek for gold in California in the newly discovered gold fields of that State. He was one of the early miners on what was known as Murphy's Flat. Finding the mining life uncongenial and the returns from his labors unsatisfactory, he came back to Medford the following year.
In February, 1851, he went into business with his father, and in 1861 retired with a competency, largely increased in after years by judicious investments. On October 18, 1851, he married Mary Ellen Wiley of South Reading (now Wakefield). Three sons were born to them, George W., now living at Wellfleet, Massachussets, Rosewell Bigelow, who lives at the family home at 31 Salem Street, Medford, and Samuel W., who died a number of years ago. Daniel and Mary Ellen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary October 18, 1901, and the sixtieth anniversary on October 18, 1911. Mrs. Lawrence died May 24, 1912. Since her death, he has continued to live at the family home with his son Rosewell, having a housekeeper and much of the time a nurse, owing to the infirmities of age.
In the Civil War he served as a private in the Fifth Massachusetts Regiment in the Army of the Potomac. After his release from active service in the Union Army, he rendered patriotic and valuable aid in raising the quota of Medford. After the war he served for many years as an officer in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. For many years he was a member of the Medford Fire Department, and for a long period of time was foreman of the Hook and Ladder Company. He was interested and active in everything that concerned the welfare of his home town. He enjoyed to a remarkable degree the unqualified confidence and love of his fellow citizens in all walks of life. He was a member of many town committees and a member of the Board of Commissioners of Sinking Funds from 1878 to 1907. He was one of the founders of the Medford Savings Bank and served continuously as secretary, treasurer, trustee and president for thirty years, from 1869 to 1899. This bank has long held a high position among the savings banks of the Commonwealth.
Daniel Warren Lawrence was a Democrat in politics, but although Medford was a strong Republican town it sent him as Representative to the Legislature in 1875, 1876, and 1880.
He was much interested, in music and was a regular subscriber and attendant at the concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was an ardent lover of baseball and retained his interest down to the very last years of his life, and was a constant attendant at the league games played in this city.
His Masonic record is a long and most useful one, and the record of the many offices which he held gives but little idea of the wide influence of his life and service as a Mason. He was made a Mason in Joseph Warren Lodge, Boston, November 24, 1858. He became Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1820 and 1871, and trustee of its permanent fund from 1872 to 1912. He was Excellent High Priest of Mystic Royal Arch Chapter of Medford in 1863 and 1864 and Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1877. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1872 and was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1877. He became an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite on November 21, 1862, was crowned an Active Member of the Supreme Council on September 21, 1898, and was elected an Emeritus Active Member of the Supreme Council on October 3, 1912.
In accordance with his expressed wish, the funeral services were of a simple nature and were held at his late residence in Medford. Reverend Hendrik Vossema, Pastor of the Universalist Church in Medford, read the Scriptures, and. Rev. Edward M. Barney, formerly pastor of the same church, where he had attended services, offered prayer. There was no eulogy, music, or pallbearers. A large number of the officers and permanent members of the Grand Lodge, of Joseph Warren Lodge, of the Supreme Council 33°, and of the various other Masonic organizations of which our late Brother was a member were in attendance at the funeral. There were also delegations from the City Government, Medford Savings Bank, the Universalist Church, Lawrence Light Guard, Grand Army, and other organizations with which he had been associated. The flags on the City HaIl and other public buildings were at half-mast. The remains were taken to Mt. Auburn Cemetery for burial beside his wife, father, and mother.
By the terms of his will, he gave to the City of Medford three bequests: $30,000, the income to be paid to poor residents born in Medford, $25,000, the income to be paid to the School Committee, to assist in providing lunch at the High School "in token of my appreciation of the value of a high school education and in remembrance of my attendance at the Medford High School", and 200 shares Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company to establish the "Lawrence Musical Fund" for "instrumental music in the open air and within one-half mile of Medford Square". He also left the sum of $100,000 to a hospital corporation in Medford to be formed within two years after his death, to be used in purchasing land and constructing a hospital, and he also further provided a fund of $100,000, the income of which was to be used for the support of the hospital. A legacy of $20,000 was given to the Medford Home for Aged Men and Women.
Daniel Lawrence (1797 - 1879)
Elizabeth Crocker Lawrence (1800 - 1884)
Mary Ellen Wiley Lawrence (1830 - 1912)*
George Warren Lawrence (1852 - 1925)*
Rosewell Bigelow Lawrence (1856 - 1921)*
Mary Ann Lawrence (1827 - 1827)*
Daniel Warren Lawrence (1830 - 1921)
Samuel Crocker Lawrence (1832 - 1911)*
Maria Elizabeth Lawrence Barr (1835 - 1921)*
Rosewell Bigelow Lawrence (1838 - 1844)*
William Harrison Lawrence (1840 - 1841)*
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Created by: R Lawrence
Record added: Feb 12, 2012
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