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John W. Lawson

John Williams Lawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by George E. Bowden
Succeeded by D. Gardiner Tyler
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Isle of Wight County
In office
1884 – 1885
Preceded by Irwin Duck
Succeeded by James Chalmers
In office
1869 – 1873
Preceded by District established
Succeeded by George Jordan
Member of the Virginia Senate from Isle of Wight, Nansemond and Southampton Counties
In office
1874 – 1877
Preceded by Samuel Boykin
Succeeded by Kenneth Griffin
Personal details
Born (1837-09-13)September 13, 1837
James City County, Virginia
Died February 21, 1905(1905-02-21) (aged 67)
Smithfield, Virginia
Resting place Ivy Hill Cemetery, Smithfield, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
University of the City of New York
Profession physician, farmer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Surgeon
Unit 32nd Virginia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia
Battles/wars American Civil War

John William Lawson (September 13, 1837 – February 21, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in James City County, Virginia, Lawson attended the schools of Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He studied medicine. He was graduated from the University of the City of New York, March 4, 1861. He returned to Virginia, and during the Civil War enlisted in the Thirty-second Regiment of Virginia Infantry, Confederate States Army. He served as assistant surgeon in charge of Artillery battalion. He was promoted to surgeon March 10, 1864, and served until the surrender at Appomattox April 9, 1865. He settled in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, December 1865. Practiced medicine for ten years, when he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the State house of delegates 1869-1873. He served in the State senate 1874-1877. He was again a member of the State house of delegates in 1883 and 1884.

Lawson was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1892. He resumed farming. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1901 and 1902. He died in Smithfield, Virginia, on February 21, 1905. He was interred in Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Electoral history

1890; Lawson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives defeating Republican George Edwin Bowden and Independent Republican C.W. Murdaugh, winning 50.71% of the vote.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George E. Bowden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1891 – 1893
Succeeded by
D. Gardiner Tyler
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