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Howard Cyrus Lawrence (August 14, 1890 – May 20, 1961)[1] was an American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.


Lawrence was born in Sebewa Township, Michigan in Ionia County, the son of Cyrus S. Lawrence and Margaret (Neidhardt) Lawrence. He resided in Ionia, Saginaw and Grand Rapids. Lawrence married Clara Louise Luther on May 1, 1913.

Lawrence was a banker and a business partner and executive secretary to Governor of Michigan, Fred W. Green. He was Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1929-37. He also served as State Treasurer of Michigan, 1931–32 and was defeated in 1932 for re-election. He was a delegate (alternate) from Michigan to the 1936 Republican National Convention which nominated Alf Landon for U.S. President, and the 1940 convention which nominated Wendell Willkie, both of whom lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He was a Protestant and a member of the Freemasons, Elks and Rotary.


  1. ^ "Lawrence, Howard C. (Howard Cyrus), 1890-1961". Social Networks and Archival Context. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gerrit J. Diekema
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1929– 1937
Succeeded by
James F. Thomson
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank D. McKay
Treasurer of Michigan
Succeeded by
Theodore I. Fry