|61st Mayor of New York City|
|Preceded by||Gideon Lee|
|Succeeded by||Aaron Clark|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 3rd district
March 4, 1833 – May 14, 1834
|Preceded by||Seat added|
|Succeeded by||Charles G. Ferris|
February 28, 1791|
Flushing, New York
February 20, 1861 (aged 69)|
Flushing, New York
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).
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.
Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence was a cousin of Effingham Lawrence.
- "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.
- New York Times, James O. Lawrence Dead, August 5, 1904
- The Lawrence Cemetery, Home page Archived May 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., accessed August 15, 2012
- Andrew R. Dodge, Betty K. Koed, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005, 2005, page 1425
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