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Lawrence, Scottish by birth, met Clara at the United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan where he sang in the choir and she played the organ. The Maxwells resided in Cincinnati, where he worked at Graydon, Head & Richey. He was appointed Solicitor General of the United States by President Grover Cleveland in 1893 and resided in Washington during his term. He built Maxwelton at Edgecliff Drive, now a condominium, with the first full organ installed in a private residence. Upon his retirement to Cincinnati, he served as a law professor at Cincinnati Law School from 1896-1912, and later as president of the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association.
Lawrence married Clara Barry Darrow on December 27, 1876, with whom he raised two daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Graydon and Mrs. Jean Schmidlapp. He made his residence in Cincinnati, where he died on February 18, 1927, aged 73.
The scholarship is intended to pay tuition for those boys who have the skill and the desire to sing with the Boychoir but cannot afford it. The spirit of the gift is to bring more diverse boys to the choir from throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Donations of any size can be made to the fund by contacting the Cincinnati Boychoir directly.
The scholarship was announced at a gathering at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Addison Clipson this past Sunday. The Tour Choir performed.
MissionThe Cincinnati Boychoir experience provides exceptional concert opportunities and music education in a safe, diverse, and respectful environment.