Captain Alexander Lawrie Jr. collection
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The collection also includes a one page "Overview of the Lawrie Library Project" document that has a picture of the library, a brief description about its history, and notes that the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation was deeded the building by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Trust had plans to renovate the building (circa 2007). The Lawrie Library building is located at the Indiana Veterans' Home in West Lafayette, Indiana.
- 1916, 2007
- Lawrie Jr., Captain Alexander (Person)
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By 1860, all Captain Lawrie's immediate family had moved to Indiana, but he did not visit the Hoosier state until 1867. At the onset of the Civil War, Lawrie enlisted on April 18, 1861 for three months with the 17th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry as a private. On September 5, 1862, he re-enlisted as a captain with Company B, 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged from service on June 21, 1863. After the war, Lawrie enjoyed some early success with his art and had many of his paintings represented at the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design. By 1878, his commissions had dwindled and he moved frequently trying to find a more profitable location. He lived for a time in Indiana in the 1880's, then again from 1895 to 1898 before being admitted to the State Soldiers' Home at Lafayette, Indiana on January 12, 1902. Captain Lawrie spent the rest of his life in Indiana and painted more than 160 portraits of United States generals before his death on February 15, 1917.
"Famous Artist-Soldier Dies at Lafayette Home." White County Democrat (Monticello, IN), February 23, 1917.
Gibbens, Victor E. "Alexander Lawrie, Painter." Indiana Magazine of History, March 1, 1944. Accessed March 6, 2017. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/7466/8645.
0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
- Captain Alexander Lawrie Jr. collection
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