William Lawrence (Bishop of Western Massachusetts)

William Lawrence (Bishop Of Western Massachusetts)

William Lawrence (Bishop of Western Massachusetts)

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William Appleton Lawrence (1889–1968) was elected third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts (1937–57). William's father, William Lawrence, was the seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (1893–1927).

Bishop Lawrence was the grandson of the notable abolitionist Amos Adams Lawrence and a member of an influential Boston family, founded by his great-great-grandfather and American revolutionary, Samuel Lawrence. His great-grandfather was the famed philanthropist Amos Lawrence.

Education and career

William Appleton Lawrence graduated from Harvard College, as was the tradition in his family. In 1925, Rev. Lawrence was elected 3rd Bishop to the newly formed Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and in 1929 he earned his D.D. from Harvard Divinity School.

In 1938, Bishop Lawrence created the first Diocesan Council and recommended that lay employees be included under social security. Then in 1946 he established , which was closed by the Diocese in 2009.

In his retirement, Bishop Lawrence developed what is known today as the Clergy Deployment Office.

Bishop Lawrence's brother Frederic C. Lawrence was elected Suffragan Bishop to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (1956–68).


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