Cornelius Lawrence

Cornelius Lawrence
61st Mayor of New York City
In office
Preceded by Gideon Lee
Succeeded by Aaron Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1833  May 14, 1834
Preceded by Seat added
Succeeded by Charles G. Ferris
Personal details
Born February 28, 1791
Flushing, New York
Died February 20, 1861 (aged 69)
Flushing, New York

Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence (February 28, 1791 – February 20, 1861) was a politician from New York. He became the first popularly elected Mayor of New York City after the law was changed in 1834.[1]


He was born in Flushing, New York on February 28, 1791. Lawrence attended the public schools and moved to New York City in 1812, he engaged in mercantile pursuits. He had a son, James Ogden Lawrence (died August 1, 1904).[2]

Lawrence was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress, serving from March 4, 1833, to May 14, 1834, when he resigned, becoming mayor of New York (1834–1837). He also served as director in several banks and trust companies and Collector of the Port of New York (1845–1849).

Lawrence died in Flushing on February 20, 1861. He was interred in the family burying ground in Bayside, New York.[3]

Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence was a cousin of Effingham Lawrence.[4]


  1. "Mayor: Stick With Me, The Best Is Yet To Be". New York Times. December 30, 1997. Retrieved 2011-05-12. The change, which would require revising the City Charter, passing legislation in Albany or both, would radically transform a political system that dates to 1834, when Mayor Cornelius Lawrence, a Democrat, became the first candidate of a political party elected by New Yorkers.
  2. New York Times, James O. Lawrence Dead, August 5, 1904
  3. The Lawrence Cemetery, Home page Archived May 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., accessed August 15, 2012
  4. Andrew R. Dodge, Betty K. Koed, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005, 2005, page 1425


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Campbell P. White
Gulian C. Verplanck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 3rd congressional district

with Churchill C. Cambreleng, Campbell P. White, and Dudley Selden
Succeeded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Campbell P. White
John J. Morgan
Charles G. Ferris

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