James Lawrence (1781-1813) captain in the United States Navy. He entered the navy in 1798 and served in the Tripolian War of 1801 and the Anglo-American war, the later in command of the Hornet. Later he was to take command of the frigate Chesapeake. On the 1st June, 1813, the Chesapeake met in battle in Boston harbour, the British frigate Shannon, commanded by Captain Broke. Lawrence was fatally wounded and the British took posession of the ship. Lawrence died on the 5th June.