Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Honorable William Lawrence
(1819 - 1899)
Born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, William Lawrence moved to Bellefontaine shortly after graduating from Cincinnati Law School in 1840. Lawrence was prosecuting attorney for Logan County (1845); a member of the Ohio Legislature (1846, 1847, 1849-51, 1854); Judge of the Common Pleas and Third District Court (1857-1864); colonel, Eighty-fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Civil War; United States Congressman (1865-1871, 1873-1877); Founder and President of Bellefontaine National Bank (1871); First Comptroller of the United States Treasury (1880-1885); and original owner of Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve, Hardin County. Judge Lawrence was instrumental in helping Clara Barton found the American Red Cross and served as its first vice president and chairman of the Executive Board.
Erected 2003 by Descendants of William Lawrence and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 21.674′ N, 83° 45.561′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Main Street (U.S. 68), on the left when traveling Touch for map. Marker is across Columbus Avenue from the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E. Columbus Avenue, Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue Jacket Town (within shouting distance of this marker); First Portland Cement Concrete Street (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Logan County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); William H. West (within shouting distance of this marker); War Savings Quota (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Concrete Street in America (within shouting distance of this marker); George Bartholomew (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellefontaine.
Also see . . .
1. William Lawrence. (Submitted on August 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 84th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Short history of the regiment and list or resources. (Submitted on September 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.