Lawrence Washington Archer (11 Nov. 1820-13 Feb. 1910)

Lawrence W. Archer was born in Anderson District, South Carolina, the son of John Archer, a merchant, and his wife, Ann Mosely.

Young Archer attended the University of Virginia in session 15 (1838-1839), and then studied law in the law office of Armisted Burt of Abbeville, SC. In 1841, he moved to Yazoo County, Mississippi, and practiced as an attorney there for two years. In 1843, he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri in search of a more healthful environment, and practiced law there for eight years, as well as serving as district attorney.

In 1848, Archer married his first wife, Louise Martin (1826-1869), in St. Joseph, MO; this couple had one child, Louise Ann Archer. The family trekked across the Great Plains in 1851, and settled in Sacramento, California. After the “great fire” of 1852 in Sacramento, the Archer family moved to San Francisco, then settled in San Jose. In addition to practicing law, he was a fruit grower on his extensive real estate holdings. Archer served one term in the state legislature in 1866, and in 1867, Archer was elected county judge, serving until he resigned in 1871. He also served as Mayor of San Jose twice, once in 1857 and once in 1877. (Foote)

Louise Archer died in 1869, and Judge Archer married his second wife, Alice B. Bethel (1850-1918), on 12 Sep. 1870 in Truckee City, Nevada County, California. (Sacramento Daily Union, 14 Sep. 1870; “California, County Marriages, 1850-1952”) This couple had two children, Lawrence Archer and Leo Bethel Archer. Judge Archer died of heart disease at his home in San Jose, and was buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose, California. (San Francisco Call, 14 Feb. 1910 & 18 Feb. 1910; Los Angeles Herald, 14 Feb. 1910) His wives and his children Louise and Leo rest with him there. (Findagrave.com)

References:

  • “California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ3N-GBL : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer and Alice Bethel, 12 Sep 1870; citing Nevada, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,293,665.
  • “California Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT6R-T9D : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, 26 Jul 1866; citing Voter Registration, City Of San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,287.
  • “California Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT6T-33H : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, 24 Jul 1867; citing Voter Registration, Corner 2d and Fountain, Santa Clara, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,287.
  • “California Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT6T-DF5 : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, 1871; citing Voter Registration, Southeast San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,287.
  • “Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLX-RKH2 : accessed 7 May 2015), Judge Lawrence Archer, 1910; Burial, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States of America, Oak Hill Memorial Park; citing record ID 97730957, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  • Foote, H. S., editor. Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World, or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. Chicago, 1888, p. 90-91.
  • “Judge Lawrence Archer Succumbs in San Jose,” San Francisco Call, 14 Feb. 1910, p.1.
  • “Married, Lawrence Archer to Alice Bethel,” Sacramento Daily Union, 14 Sep. 1870, p.5.
  • “Pioneer Lawyer Dies,” Los Angeles Herald, 14 Feb. 1910, p.2.
  • “Prominent Lawyer Borne to the Grave,” San Francisco Call, 18 Feb. 1910, p.2.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNX9-QGS : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, California, United States; citing p. 106, family 854, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,587.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PJ-RD3 : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States; citing enumeration district 246, sheet 108D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0081; FHL microfilm 1,254,081.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9GJ-1QR : accessed 7 May 2015), Lawrence Archer, San Jose Township San Jose city Ward 3, Santa Clara, California, United States; citing sheet 28A, family 488, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,111.
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