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George Ward Lawler

Lawler, George Ward

George Ward Lawler was born November 23, 1886 in Bedford, Iowa and lived in Pierce County, Washington, D.C. most of his life. He was a bulb farmer in a successful business established by his father, George Lawler, Sr. in Tacoma, Washington. He married Esther Wyckoff Metzger in Tacoma, Washington, October 17, 1925. He died June 15, 1974 in Des Moines, Washington.

Beatrix Farrand purchased flower bulbs from the George Lawler firm for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and the Robert and Mildred Blisses 28th Street house garden in the 1940s. In 1943, Isabelle Stover sent a letter to him, on behalf of Beatrix Farrand, asking for the tulip bulb order for the Blisses to be increased.



1900 United States Federal Census, Tacoma Ward 2, Pierce, Washington; p. 10B, Line 75, George Lawler household; digital images, (, accessed March 23, 2015); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1746.

Washington Marriage Records, 1865-2004. Certificate of Marriage, no. 39588, digital image, (, accessed March 23, 2015). Washington State Archives. Olympia, Washington.

Washington Death Index, 1940-1996. Digital image, (, accessed March 23, 2015). Washington State Department of Health, State Death Records Index, Microfilm, Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.

Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives Correspondence: C10:IMS 1943.08.06.