Thomas Willington Lawton and Winborn Joseph Lawton, Sr. at the Lawton General Store

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Thomas Willington Lawton and Winborn Joseph Lawton, Sr. at the Lawton General Store

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Lawton Brothers at Lawton General Store


Oviedo (Fla.)
Stores, Retail--United States
Hardware industry--Florida


Thomas Willington Lawton (1882-1963) and his brother, Winborn Joseph Lawton, Sr. (1881-1971), at the Lawton General Store in Oviedo, Florida. T. W. Lawton graduated from Rollins College in 1903. He later received his master's degree from Andover Newton College in Boston, Massachusetts. Following college, Lawton returned to Oviedo, where he married Charlotte "Lottie" Lee (1887-1984) and served as the principal of the Oviedo School from 1905 to 1907. In 1916, he became the first elected Superintendent of Schools of Seminole County. He held that post until 1952 and passed away 11 years later in 1963. Lawton Elementary School is named in his honor.

W. J. Lawton, Sr. served as a trustee of the First Baptist Church of Oviedo, as well as a secretary and treasurer for the church's Sunday school. He graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1900. Lawton married Lillian Della Lee (ca. 1883-1977) and had four children: Elizabeth Lawton Laney, Kathryn Lawton, John. K. Lawton, and Winborn Joseph Lawton, Jr. Lawton was in the mercantile business, worked as an insurance agent, and grew citrus.


Original black and white photograph: Oviedo Historical Society, Oviedo, Florida.

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ca. 1923-1927

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Oviedo Historical Society, Oviedo, Florida.
Oviedo Historical Society Collection, Oviedo Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Oviedo, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Oviedo Historical Society and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

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Robison, Jim. Around Oviedo. 2012.
Rajtar, Steve. "Oviedo Historical Trail". Steve Rajtar.
"History of the First Baptist Church, Oviedo, Florida: First 100 Years, 1869-1969." RICHES of Central Florida.

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