Lawrence is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts. It is located in the northeastern part of the state on the Merrimack River. Approximately 80,000 residents call Lawrence home and experience a humid continental climate characterized by warm summers and cold, snowy winters.

A Brief History of Lawrence

European settlers first came to the area now known as Lawrence in 1655. They were attracted to the area due to its location on several rivers. A group of industrialists seeking to monetize a water company pooled their assets and purchased a large portion of land to develop in 1844. They bought the land and formed the Essex Company and began constructing the Great Stone Dam on the Merrimack River. They then built several mills and the town was incorporated in 1853. It was named Lawrence after Abbott Lawrence, one of the original industrialists who capitalized the land purchase, though he never lived in Lawrence.

 

Over the next several decades, Lawrence became an important site for labor reform and workers’ rights. Conditions in the town’s many mills were abysmal and injury and death were common. In the winter of 1912, workers organized by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union perpetrated the Bread and Roses Strike for more than two months. Employees protested in the streets and sent their children to nearby affluent towns to beg for food, playing on the sympathies of those more fortunate than them. The strike eventually resulted in a citywide 20% raise.

Modern-Day Lawrence

These days, Lawrence is experiencing a commercial and social revival. Investments in the downtown district focusing on educational, commercial, and residential development have resulted in a decrease in violent crime acts since 2004 following several decades of unrest. The historic downtown is being rehabilitated for the first time since the 1970s.

The Law Office of Henry Lebensbaum Proudly Serves Lawrence Clients

Henry Lebensbaum began practicing law after he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1991. He has been involved in criminal and civil trials, hearings, settlements, negotiations, mediations, and appeals. He has also argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court. If you need help with a legal matter pertaining to family law, criminal defense, real estate law, or personal injury, contact our Lawrence office today to schedule a consultation.