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John Beckles v Harry Lawson
John Beckles v Harry Lawson
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John Lawson Vs Idres Mohhamed
John Lawson Vs Idres Mohhamed
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Wrecking Ball - Mother Mother at John Lawson Park
Wrecking Ball - Mother Mother at John Lawson Park
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Harry Lawson  - The First Coventry Vehicle
Harry Lawson - The First Coventry Vehicle
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Harry Lawson.  "Strictly Business" West Alabama Martial Arts Academy.  Video by gds.
Harry Lawson. "Strictly Business" West Alabama Martial Arts Academy. Video by gds.
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Karla Potter   Meet Harry Lawson
Karla Potter Meet Harry Lawson
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JOHN LAWSON
JOHN LAWSON'S NITRO '00 FIREBIRD F/C RUNS 5.50 ON SECOND PASS AT RT66
::2013/10/03::
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Next Kevin Durant - Brandon Ingram, Carlton Bragg, Thon Maker, Chandler Lawson
Next Kevin Durant - Brandon Ingram, Carlton Bragg, Thon Maker, Chandler Lawson
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Harry Lawson-Gill Market Bosworth hunt
Harry Lawson-Gill Market Bosworth hunt
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Harry Lawson
Harry Lawson
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Cécile McLorin Salvant - John Henry (live on KCRW)
Cécile McLorin Salvant - John Henry (live on KCRW)
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Lawson Interview 2013 - Girls, New Album, and Taylor Swift!
Lawson Interview 2013 - Girls, New Album, and Taylor Swift!
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Harry Hudson - "Learn 2 Love" (Official Video)
Harry Hudson - "Learn 2 Love" (Official Video)
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Wasn
Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson - Cover (Amano & John Ivory)
::2011/04/25::
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JFK Assassination: Secret Service Agent Winston Lawson - Part 1 (2003)
JFK Assassination: Secret Service Agent Winston Lawson - Part 1 (2003)
::2014/11/13::
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The Truth About Mark 16:15-20 (Pastor Charles Lawson)
The Truth About Mark 16:15-20 (Pastor Charles Lawson)
::2014/03/23::
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BAMMA 16: Andy DeVent Vs. Roggy Lawson
BAMMA 16: Andy DeVent Vs. Roggy Lawson
::2014/09/30::
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Nigel Lawson Wants To Leave Europe
Nigel Lawson Wants To Leave Europe
::2014/01/30::
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THE HOLY CITY BY DOYLE LAWSON AND QUICKSILVER
THE HOLY CITY BY DOYLE LAWSON AND QUICKSILVER
::2009/01/10::
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Roan Kearsey-Lawson, & Harry Cook
Roan Kearsey-Lawson, & Harry Cook's, Blew Tubes, (Blue Tubes), Live at the 144Club
::2011/08/13::
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Andreas Moe - When She Was Mine (Lawson Cover)
Andreas Moe - When She Was Mine (Lawson Cover)
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Nigella Lawson v Charles Saatchi - No One Wins
Nigella Lawson v Charles Saatchi - No One Wins
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Harry and Paul Queers - Ian Hislop
Harry and Paul Queers - Ian Hislop
::2010/10/06::
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Gogglebox ON: Nigella Lawson | 26th September | Channel 4
Gogglebox ON: Nigella Lawson | 26th September | Channel 4
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Super Chilled Youngster ( Backing Harry)
Super Chilled Youngster ( Backing Harry)
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Thon Maker is a BEAST at John Lucas Midwest Camp - Canada Athlete Institute
Thon Maker is a BEAST at John Lucas Midwest Camp - Canada Athlete Institute
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Tara Lawson: The Real Life Paranormal - CBN.com
Tara Lawson: The Real Life Paranormal - CBN.com
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Phil Dunphy Funniest Moments
Phil Dunphy Funniest Moments
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Slaves for Christ (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur
Slaves for Christ (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur
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2013 Penny Hardaway HoopFest Recap - Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Dedric Lawson
2013 Penny Hardaway HoopFest Recap - Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Dedric Lawson
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Chad Lawson - Promise Made on Signal Mountain - demonstration
Chad Lawson - Promise Made on Signal Mountain - demonstration
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Chris Okoh vs Paul Lawson
Chris Okoh vs Paul Lawson
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Kimberla Lawson Roby: 2011 National Book Festival
Kimberla Lawson Roby: 2011 National Book Festival
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Super Sophomore  John Petty @ The Steel City Invitational
Super Sophomore John Petty @ The Steel City Invitational
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Sarah Lawson - "Door Prize For Spring"
Sarah Lawson - "Door Prize For Spring"
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Thon Maker - 7'1 Sophmore Phenom @ The 2014 Lawson Classic (All Access)
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Mark Lawson Talks to Ian Hislop (4/6)
Mark Lawson Talks to Ian Hislop (4/6)
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Andrey Lawson - Maybe You and I (Audio)
Andrey Lawson - Maybe You and I (Audio)
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Swedish House Mafia - Don
Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child (Cover by Michelle Lawson)
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Celebrity Wedgie: Andy Lawson
Celebrity Wedgie: Andy Lawson
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YOUTUBERS AT HARRY POTTER STUDIOS
YOUTUBERS AT HARRY POTTER STUDIOS
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John Candy  - CityLights
John Candy - CityLights' Brian Linehan interviews John Candy part 1
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V3FIGHTS: Samuel Lawson vs Jeff Ranger
V3FIGHTS: Samuel Lawson vs Jeff Ranger
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Class of 2016 Top 10 Players - Harry Giles, Thon Maker, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum
Class of 2016 Top 10 Players - Harry Giles, Thon Maker, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum
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Thon Maker (#1 in 2016) @ John Lucas Midwest Invitational
Thon Maker (#1 in 2016) @ John Lucas Midwest Invitational
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Hip Hop Harry (Sun.): 2011 National Book Festival
Hip Hop Harry (Sun.): 2011 National Book Festival
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Thon Maker Workout with John Lucas - 7 Footer with UNREAL POTENTIAL - Class of 2016
Thon Maker Workout with John Lucas - 7 Footer with UNREAL POTENTIAL - Class of 2016
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Shawn & Juliet / James Roday & Maggie Lawson - Just the way you are
Shawn & Juliet / James Roday & Maggie Lawson - Just the way you are
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Jacob Lawson Puts Kid On A Poster And Gets A Tech; Best Pizza At The King James Classic
Jacob Lawson Puts Kid On A Poster And Gets A Tech; Best Pizza At The King James Classic
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Johnny Lawson in Dale Creasy Jr
Johnny Lawson in Dale Creasy Jr's Nitro Funny Car - NHRA Route 66 Nationals - Joliet, Illinois 2009
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Not to be confused with Henry Lawson, Australian writer and poet.

Henry John Lawson, also known as Harry Lawson,[1] (1852–1925) was a British bicycle designer, racing cyclist, motor industry pioneer, and fraudster. As part of his attempt to create and control a British motor industry Lawson formed and floated The Daimler Motor Company Limited in London in 1896. It later began manufacture in Coventry. Lawson organised the 1896 Emancipation Day drive now commemorated annually by the London to Brighton car run on the same course.

Early years[edit]

The son of a brass turner, Lawson designed several types of bicycle in the 1870s. His efforts were described as the "first authentic design of safety bicycle employing chain-drive to the rear wheel which was actually made", and has been ranked alongside John Kemp Starley as an inventor of the modern bicycle.[2][3][4]

Motor promotor[edit]

Lawson saw great opportunities in the creation of a motor car industry in Britain, and sought to enrich himself by garnering important patents and shell companies.

In 1895, as one of many attempts to promote his schemes and lobby Parliament for the elimination of the Red Flag Act, Lawson and Frederick Simms founded the Motor Car Club of Britain.

Lawson and the Motor Car Club organised the first London to Brighton run, the "Emancipation Run", which was held on 14 November 1896 to celebrate the relaxation of the Red Flag Act, which eased the way for the start of the development of the British motor industry.[5]

Lawson attempted to monopolise the British automobile industry through the acquisition of foreign patents. He acquired exclusive British rights to manufacture the De Dion-Bouton and Bollée vehicles; bought the Humber Bicycle Company; and British patent rights for US bicycle designs. He founded a succession of promotional companies including: the British Motor Syndicate with Adolphe Clément and Lord Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 20th Earl of Shrewsbury. (BMS was the first of many of Lawson's schemes to collapse in 1897,[6] but it did provide the genesis for the Clément and Talbot marques.) Lawson also founded the British Motor Company, British Motor Traction Company, The Great Horseless Carriage Company, Motor Manufacturing Company, and of E. J. Pennington, forming the Anglo-American Rapid Vehicle Company. With his one great success, The Daimler Motor Company Limited, he bought in the rights of Gottlieb Daimler though this company too was to be reorganised in 1904. After a succession of business failures the British Motor Syndicate was reorganized and renamed the British Motor Traction Company in 1901, led by Selwyn F. Edge.

Legal problems[edit]

Many of Lawson's patents were not as defining as he had hoped, and from 1901 a series of legal cases saw the value in his holdings eroded. Lawson's patent rights were subsequently eroded through successful lawsuits by the Automobile Mutual Protective Association. In 1904 Lawson was tried in court for fraudulently obtaining money from his shareholders and, after representing himself in court, he was found guilty and sentenced to one year's hard labour.[7] [note 1]

Lawson was completely out of the automobile industry by 1908[8] and disappeared from the public gaze for some years.

He reappeared as a director of the Blériot Manufacturing Aircraft Company Ltd., the English branch of Louis Blériot's aircraft company. Lawson secretly acquired control of the company just before a public subscription to help expand its war effort. But the company soon found itself in breach of its contract with Blériot. When this came to light, the company was wound up and its director found guilty of fraud and dishonesty.[9]

He retired from the public gaze and died at his home in Harrow, London in 1925.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lawson was born in the City of London where his father was a Calvinistic Methodist minister and noted Puritan preacher. H O Duncan (1862—1946) was a journalist and successful racing cyclist and Commercial Manager of Lawson’s British Motor Syndicate. After Lawson’s death he describes Lawson in his ‘monumental’ two-volume book:
    "He was neither a greedy man nor an egoist. On the contrary he was always fair and extremely generous. He paid largely and was most liberal in the golden days of his success. A cheque was always ready to be handed over with a kindly smile to friends who assisted him with his dealings or company-promoting schemes. Lawson was a clever man. Perhaps his greatest misfortune was in not being supported properly in his business by others equally intelligent." (Duncan, Herbert Osbaldeston The World on Wheels, thrilling true tales of the Cycle & Automobile Industry, vol 2. Self-published, 1926)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 'Henry John Lawson' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Storey, Richard (2004). Lawson, Henry John (1852–1925). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 
  3. ^ "Lawson's 'Bicyclette', 1879.". The Science Museum. Retrieved 2015-01-03. Patented by Henry Lawson in 1879, this bicycle represents the first step in the evolution of the modern safety cycle. Although like the ordinary or penny-farthing bicycle, the front wheel remained larger than the rear, the difference in size was not so exaggerated, making it lower, and therefore safer than its forerunner. Lawson's Bicyclette also featured the innovation of a chain drive to the rear wheel. 
  4. ^ Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing (2014). Bicycle Design, An Illustrated History. MIT Press. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-262-02675-8. Lawson's 1879 Bicyclette. 
  5. ^ Setright, L. J. K. (2004). Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car. Granta Books. ISBN 1-86207-698-7. 
  6. ^ "Central Criminal Court, Dec. 17. The Hooley-Lawson Case: Verdict". The Times. 19 December 1904. 
  7. ^ "Winding Up Of An Aircraft Company., In Re Bleriot Manufacturing Aircraft Company (Limited)". The Times. 20 January 1916. 
Bibliography
  • Flink, James J. (1988), The Automobile Age, MIT Press 

Further reading[edit]

  • Saul, S. B. (December 1962), Business History (5), pp. 22–38 
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