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Jesse Lawson  

Pamela Roberts

Lawson’s ancestry traces back to his great-grandmother, Sara Price, a slave who bought her freedom in 1834 when she “signed” her manumission papers with her thumbprint. Lawson’s parents, Jesse Lawson and Charlotte Price, migrated to Washington from Maryland.

Lawson attended Howard University in Washington D.C. He obtained his B.A. degree, graduating cum laude in 1881 and from their Law Department in 1884, the same year he married Rosetta Evelyn Coakley. He resided with his family within the enclave of the Washington Black elite, a group of people described for their lineage and social and financial status, at 2011 Vermont Avenue in the historic LeDroit Park, a neighborhood of Washington lying southeast of Howard University.

Lawson worked as a legal examiner at the Bureau of Pensions in Washington D C a tenure that would last forty four years He was a socially active campaigner for improvement in the working and ...