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John Beckles v Harry Lawson
John Beckles v Harry Lawson
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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.
DATE: 2011/12/22::
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Jamie Lawson - Wasn
Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That (Official Music Video)
DATE: 2015/04/29::
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Karla Potter   Meet Harry Lawson
Karla Potter Meet Harry Lawson
DATE: 2011/07/15::
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Phil Dunphy Funniest Moments
Phil Dunphy Funniest Moments
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Steve Lawson discusses his Book on John Calvin
Steve Lawson discusses his Book on John Calvin
DATE: 2008/04/08::
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Harry Lawson
Harry Lawson
DATE: 2007/12/03::
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Harry Lawson  - The First Coventry Vehicle
Harry Lawson - The First Coventry Vehicle
DATE: 2010/04/27::
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Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey's Favorite Bad Family Feud Answers - Late Night with Seth Meyers
DATE: 2014/11/18::
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Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye ft. Meghan Trainor [Official Video]
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye ft. Meghan Trainor [Official Video]
DATE: 2015/04/01::
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Best Classic Action Movies Too Late the Hero 1970
Best Classic Action Movies Too Late the Hero 1970
DATE: 2015/02/21::
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Wrecking Ball - Mother Mother at John Lawson Park
Wrecking Ball - Mother Mother at John Lawson Park
DATE: 2011/02/13::
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Meghan Trainor Gets The Ultimate Dance Surprise From Her Fans!
Meghan Trainor Gets The Ultimate Dance Surprise From Her Fans!
DATE: 2014/09/16::
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Johnny Lawson in Dale Creasy Jr
Johnny Lawson in Dale Creasy Jr's Nitro Funny Car (Q3) - NHRA Route 66 Nationals - Joliet, Ill 2009
DATE: 2009/06/08::
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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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Juliet -Lawson (Lyrics)
Juliet -Lawson (Lyrics)
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Ryder Lawson !
Ryder Lawson !
DATE: 2012/04/13::
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Sarah Lawson - "Anne Frank Offers Justin Bieber a Lesson in Humility"
Sarah Lawson - "Anne Frank Offers Justin Bieber a Lesson in Humility"
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Blue Illusion - Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy
Blue Illusion - Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy
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Wasn
Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson - Cover (Amano & John Ivory)
DATE: 2011/04/25::
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Lawson - Learn to love again (español)
Lawson - Learn to love again (español)
DATE: 2012/12/12::
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Galton & Simpson: Mark Lawson talks to...
Galton & Simpson: Mark Lawson talks to...
DATE: 2014/03/10::
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Lawson Rollins, guitar  - live jam
Lawson Rollins, guitar - live jam
DATE: 2011/09/15::
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#8 - The Six Shooter - Red Lawson
#8 - The Six Shooter - Red Lawson's Revenge - October 25, 1953
DATE: 2013/02/11::
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Joans New Beach  Shoes June 13 2015 John Lawson Park
Joans New Beach Shoes June 13 2015 John Lawson Park
DATE: 2015/06/14::
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President Obama Delivers Remarks on Protecting Consumers from Abusive Payday Lending Practices
President Obama Delivers Remarks on Protecting Consumers from Abusive Payday Lending Practices
DATE: 2015/03/26::
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Große Pause   Folge 61   Lawson und seine Gang Deutsch German
Große Pause Folge 61 Lawson und seine Gang Deutsch German
DATE: 2014/03/08::
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (trailer)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (trailer)
DATE: 2009/05/12::
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Mary Lou Williams - Andy Kirk
Mary Lou Williams - Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy 1936 ~ Walkin' And Swingin'
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Harry Giles FIBA U19 Full Highlights 6.27.2015 Vs. Iran - 14 Pts, 9 Rebs, 3 Blocks!!!
Harry Giles FIBA U19 Full Highlights 6.27.2015 Vs. Iran - 14 Pts, 9 Rebs, 3 Blocks!!!
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June Richmond and Andy Kirk -  47th Street Jive
June Richmond and Andy Kirk - 47th Street Jive
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Andy Kirk - ROLL
Andy Kirk - ROLL'EM
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Modern Jazz Trio
Modern Jazz Trio
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Brotherhood of Man - How to Succeed (Daniel Radcliffe) - Letterman May 20, 2011
Brotherhood of Man - How to Succeed (Daniel Radcliffe) - Letterman May 20, 2011
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: u0026quot;Off Seasonu0026quot; (1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: u0026quot;Off Seasonu0026quot; (1965)
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Caught in the Headlights ™
Caught in the Headlights ™
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Worlds Oldest Motive (1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Worlds Oldest Motive (1965)
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Write of Passage (director
Write of Passage (director's cut)
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GREEN BERET_ Special Forces_ROLL OF HONOUR_ PART III...
GREEN BERET_ Special Forces_ROLL OF HONOUR_ PART III...
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Louie Bellson And His Orchestra - For Europeans Only (featuring Wardell Gray)
Louie Bellson And His Orchestra - For Europeans Only (featuring Wardell Gray)
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"Ragtime" - RAGTIME - Belmont University Musical Theatre
"Ragtime" - RAGTIME - Belmont University Musical Theatre
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"  to sharon "
" to sharon "
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Janet McTeer & Imelda Staunton /  Leave Me This Way (1993) /p6/8
Janet McTeer & Imelda Staunton / Leave Me This Way (1993) /p6/8
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Luca Agnelli - Cassiopea - ETB 017 - (Low quality)
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B.O.B. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN MUSIC VIDEO
B.O.B. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN MUSIC VIDEO
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Doris Day ~~~ April In Paris
Doris Day ~~~ April In Paris
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Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof   — Download
Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof — Download
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Lawson On Performing At Capital FM
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Jason and Max Playing an Instrument June 13 2015 John Lawson Park
Jason and Max Playing an Instrument June 13 2015 John Lawson Park
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John McAfee Reveals How To Stop Unwarranted Spying
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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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