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date: 19 October 2019

Lawrence, David Leolocked

(18 June 1889–21 November 1966)
  • Michael P. Weber

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Lawrence, David Leo (18 June 1889–21 November 1966), political boss and government official, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles B. Lawrence, an unskilled laborer, and Catherine Conwell. Lawrence’s early political universe was confined to the Gaelic Irish community located at the juncture of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. His maternal grandfather and his father were both involved in ward-level politics and young David’s first job at age nine was to run errands for First Ward alderman Steve Toole. Young Lawrence’s association with these three men introduced him to Democratic pro-labor politics in a town dominated by Republican manufacturing interests. Political survival for Democrats in Pittsburgh required cooperation, if not collaboration, with the Republican interests....

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