John Lawson (1749-1828) the son of the emigrants was born in Boston and came to Halifax as an infant. In 1769, he married Sarah Shatford, and together they had nine children. After Sarah's death at the age of 42, he married Elizabeth Foster in 1791. John was a merchant in 1784, actively engaging in trade and was associated with other merchants in pursuing the cod fishery in 1811, and signed a petition to standardize the values of various foreign coin circulating in Halifax.
Charles Fenerty (1821-1892) is credited as the inventor of the modern papermaking process using pulp made from spruce wood chips. His experiments produced usable paper in a process which he explained in The Acadian Recorder on October 26, 1844.
Hon. John L.
Lawson (1794-1874), was
of Prince Edward Island, member of the Legislative Assembly and the
of the City of Charlottetown (CEO). He was one of six lawyers
when he arrived from Nova Scotia. His book describing life on PEI was
as, Letters on Prince Edward Island.
Jessie Jane Lawson (1838-1901), married Rev. George Monro Grant, a Halifax minister, whose career took him across Canada as Secretary to the expedition led by Sanford Flemming, the Engineer-in-Chief of the proposed transcontinental railway in 1872. The expedition which was documented in Grant's best selling book, Ocean to Ocean, describes the vast and growing country. Grant became Principal of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and became a leading figure in Canada, including a term as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Materials at Queen's tells of his career and of the Grant family.
Edward Lawson Fenerty (1843-1932) invented and patented the Peerless Club self-fastening skate. He manufactured skates and other products in Halifax, during a time when hockey and skating in Nova Scotia where fast growing ice sports.
(1829-1897), was Editor of
the Charlottetown Patriot and the Summerside Progress,
the same time, eventually buying the Patriot. He was a writer
the Toronto Globe, both the Montreal Herald and
Montreal Star, before assuming the editorship in 1888 of the Victoria
Colonist, in Victoria BC.
Dr. Archibald Lawson (c1843-1919), of Halifax, NS married Anna Eliza Mitchell. Archibald was a prominent medical doctor; he and Anna were parents of American Impressionist painter Ernest Lawson. (1873-1939).
James George Aylwin Creighton (1850-1930), "the Great JGA", took the game of hockey - which he had learned in his native Nova Scotia - to other parts of Canada. Moving to Montreal he introduced the game to friends with hand carved sticks sent by friends in Halifax. In the first public hockey game held indoors - in Montreal on March 3, 1875 - JGA was captain of the winning team. Called Canada's Father of Organized Hockey - when he moved to Ottawa to serve as Law Clerk of the Canadian Senate, he played with William and Arthur Stanley, the sons of Lord Stanley and Dad realized a need for recognition within their new sport. Being the Governor-General of Canada at the time, Lord Stanley donated the trophy which is now know as the Stanley Cup.
The work of
Lawson (1873-1939) who was born in Halifax, NS is well
gallery collections. Robert Henri insisted that, among landscape artists, he was "the biggest we have had since Winslow Homer."
Lawson Cotton, (1848-1928) was Editor of the
Charlottetown Patriot, and a leading figure in Prince Edward
William married Margaret Ellin Harris, a sister of prominent Canadian
painter, Robert Harris, and William Critchlow Harris an important
William Lawson Grant (1872-1935) was
born in Halifax and educated at Queen's University and taught history there.
However, he is most noted for his principalship at Upper Canada
College. Under W. L. Grant, attendance at Upper Canada College more than
doubled, and improvements were made to buildings, staff and curriculum.
A life time advocate of learning opportunities for adults, particularly
in the fields of liberal education and citizenship training he was a
founder and first president of the Workers' Educational Association of
Ontario and played a leading role in establishment of the Canadian
Association for Adult Education.
John "Jack" Lawson (1854-1947) was born in New London, Prince Edward Island and was first associated with the Cambridge Press, Cambridge, Mass., and then with the Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Later, he worked with small newspapers in Minnesota including Northfield, and was well known throughout the state as a political writer, writing under the pen name, " TOM NOSWAL. " [Lawson spelled backward]. Upon leaving the newspaper field, he located in Chicago and was associated with Donnelly Press until he was 79 years of age. When he was 80, the company asked him to return and resume his work but he chose to retire. He lived to the age of 92.
Philosopher George Parkin Grant (1918-1988), has been described as "one of Canada's most significant thinkers."
of philanthropist Robert
Cotton (1881-1968), continues to enrich the lives of students and
on Prince Edward Island. His efforts in rural beautification and the
of parkland significantly enriched PEI. Over his lifetime his donations
including a major contribution to the building of Confederation Centre
so that it would include an art gallery. One calculation of his total
efforts, in 2003 currency, has been estimate at $10
John Lefurgey Lawson, a reporter
for The Chicago Tribune, was
one of the best-known newspapermen in the American Midwest. He met a
tragic death in 1914 when he fell down an elevator shaft in the Chicago
Press Club Building. In reporting the case The New York Times indicated that "It is believed that he opened the door of
the elevator shaft used for freight, mistaking it for the door of the
lavatory adjoining, and stepped in before realizing his mistake. Among
editors and reporters Mr. Lawson generally was considered "the best
reporter in Chicago.'" As an investigative reporter who had been
involved with covering many important stories, questions remain,
regarding the mysterious death. An article thirty years later indicated
that "he was associated with the
Chicago Tribune and was killed while with that publication. How
he met death has never been known but at the time he was conducting a
quack doctor campaign in Chicago."
Harry Alexander Lawson, like his
brother, John Lefurgey Lawson carried on the newspaper tradition of his
father Jack and grandfather Henry becoming editor of The Eagle Rock Sentinel, in Los
Thomas Grantham Norris (1893-1976),
was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and articled with the law firm
Barnard, Robertson and Heisterman. Admitted to the B.C. bar in
1919, Norris practised in Vernon and Kelowna as a lawyer for the
Soldier Settlement Board and later in private practice. He moved to
Vancouver and continued to work in private practice until 1959 when he
was appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court, and in 1960 was elevated to
the B.C. Appeal Court. In 1961 he also sat on the Canadian Court
Martial Appeal Board as well as acting Deputy District Judge of the
Admiralty. Norris was president of the Kelowna and Vancouver Board of
Trade, and president of the Vancouver Bar Association. Serving as a
Bencher of the Law Society from 1944 to 1957 he was elected Treasurer
of the Law Society of B.C. from 1957 to 1958. Justice Norris gained an
international profile when he was placed in charge of the "Industrial
Commission as to Shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
System," in 1963. Violence and conflict between international unions
had caused the "Great Lakes Shipping Dispute" and Norris was appointed
sole commissioner of hearings over a sixteen month period. At the time
the notorious Hal Banks, was leader of the Seamen's International Union
- Justice Norris concluded that Banks was "a bully, cruel, dishonest,
greedy, power hungry, contemptuous of the law." Banks, an
American with Mafia connections fled Canada in 1964 after charges were
laid against him, and efforts by the Canadian authorities to have him
extradited to face charges failed.
Ignatieff PhD, an
international scholar, professor, and writer who served in Canada's
Parliament as leader of the Official Opposition. The author of 16 books
- including True Patriot Love, which
tells the story of his maternal (Lawson-Grant) roots.
His official website michaelignatieff.ca
includes a biography.
Hon. Frederick Walter Hyndman (1904-1995) served as the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. Well know for his work in pioneering radio broadcasts, he along with a group of young radio enthusiasts were on the cutting edge of an emerging technology. Walter enjoyed operating his "radio shack" even moving his equipment into Government House, the official residence of Lieutenant Governors during his term in office.
Large, (1913-1990), tells
of the history
of broadcasting in Prince Edward Island through her book Out
of Thin Air. As it involved several
generations of Betty's family - the book documents both family
well as significant developments in Island history. Betty began her own
broadcasting career at the age of 12. Over sixty years later she was
still involved in the field while retired.
Peter Lawson Smith.
PhD (1933-2006) was professor of Classics at University of Victoria with a long affiliation with the institution. As his
university states. "classical
scholar, author, honorary UVic historian, Dr. Peter Lawson Smith has
been a major contributor to the development of the University of
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