James Frederick Lawton Papers
 


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James Frederick Lawton papers

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger James Frederick Lawton papers collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Abstract:
Berkley, Michigan insurance executive, poet and composer, and active alumnus of the University of Michigan; contain papers relating to activities of the class of 1911, to his involvement in the University of Michigan Club of Detroit, and to his interest in Michigan football, especially the career of coach Fielding H. Yost; also scrapbooks, and manuscripts of poetry and song lyrics.

Biography:
James Frederick Lawton graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in 1911. While at the University, Lawton played end on football team coached by Fielding H. Yost. Lawton had a deep affection for Yost and for the University, and though his career was spent as an insurance executive, he maintained ties with the U-M through his poetry and musical compositions and through his activities as a loyal alumnus. In 1911, later in the year of his graduation, Lawton with Earl V. Moore composed the words and music to "Varsity" a song that became traditional to the U-M Marching Band.

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Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan.


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