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John Lawrence , later Baron Lawrence

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John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence, GCB, GCSI, PC (4 March 1811 – 27 June 1879) was a British statesman who served as Viceroy of India from 1864 to 1869.

Lord Lawrence by Carlo Pellegrini, 1871.

Lawrence spent his early years in Derry, Northern Ireland and was educated at Foyle College (now Foyle and Londonderry College), where a statue to him stands (having been, originally, erected in Lahore). The statue, by Sir Joseph Boehme, once showed Lawrence with a pen in one hand and a sword in the other to illustrate his versatility as an administrator and a soldier but vandals have since damaged the sword. Another statue of Lawrence stands in Waterloo Place in central London.

Lawrence went to India in 1829 along with his older brother, Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence. He soon became a magistrate and tax collector in Delhi, where he was known for his concern for the plight of the peasantry.

During the First Sikh War of 1845 to 1846, Lawrence organized the supplying of the British army in the Punjab and became Commissioner of the Jullundur district, serving under his brother, the Governor of the province. In that role his was known for his administrative reforms, for subduing the hill tribes, and for his attempts to end the custom of suttee.

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