Lawrance, Charles Lanier
- David R. Griffiths
Lawrance, Charles Lanier (30 September 1882–24 June 1950), aircraft engineer, was born in Lenox, Massachusetts, the son of Francis C. Lawrance and Sarah E. Lanier. He attended Groton School and graduated from Yale University in 1905. In 1910 he married Margaret Dix. They had three children. Lawrance studied architecture for three years at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, graduating in 1913, before turning to aviation. He designed an experimental aircraft motor and a successful wing section in Paris and worked for several months on a front-wheel drive for an electric automobile in New York City....