How did Lawrence get its name?
Lawrence is awesome, right? But what is the deal with Lawrence, Massachusetts and Lawrence University? Well, all three are connected:
Samuel Lawrence fought in the revolutionary war. He became a successful Massachusetts businessman and had four sons who built a huge textile business and Lawrence, Mass was named for them. One of the sons, Amos, had a child of the same name who grew to be a successful businessman of his own and helped the Immigrant Aid Society to send settlers to Kansas in hopes of creating a free state. These settlers chose to name Lawrence, KS for him. He also held land in Wisconsin and helped found a school there, now named Lawrence University.