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LAWSON, Thomas, soldier, born in Virginia about 1781; died in Norfolk, Virginia, 15 May, 1861. He was appointed surgeon's mate in the United States navy, 1 March, 1809, but resigned in 1811 to take a similar place in the army. In May, 1813, he became surgeon of the 6th infantry; surgeon-general, with rank of colonel, 30 November, 1836; was lieutenant-colonel of a regiment of Louisiana volunteers in the Florida war in 1837; and commanded a battalion of New York and Pennsylvania volunteers till May, 1838. He was brevetted brigadier-general "for meritorious conduct" as chief medical officer of the United States forces in the Mexican war, 30 May, 1848. He was author of a "Report on Sickness and Mortality, United States Army, 1819-'39" (1840); and of a "Meteorological Register, 1826-'30; and Appendix for 1822-'5" (Philadelphia, 1840).
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