New meets Old

Photo and text from Tony Sampas:

Patrick O. Murphy, the 88th mayor of Lowell meets the 2nd Mayor of Lowell, Luther Lawrence (1778-1839), in the City of Lowell Council Chamber, July 25, 2012. Luther Lawrence was mayor from 1838 to 1839. The portrait is a reproduction of an oil painting in the collection of the Lawrence Academy at Groton and depicts the brother of Samuel Lawrence (1754–1827) who founded the school in 1793. Dick Jeffers (right) of the Lawrence Acdemy archives along with a group of school staff including the new head Dan Scheibe delivered the portrait thus bringing City Hall one step closer to having a comprehensive collection of images of Lowell majors. Murphy, inaugurated earlier this year at age 29, is the youngest Mayor in Lowell history.