Donald H. Lawton

8 October 1920–5 March 2010 (Age 89)
Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Donald H.

When Donald H. Lawton was born on 8 October 1920, in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Howard W. Lawton, was 39 and his mother, Gladys Hazel Look, was 22. He lived in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 5 March 2010, at the age of 89.

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Donald H. Lawton
Frances Harrington

Spouse and Children


    Frances Harrington


Parents and Siblings

    Howard W. Lawton


    Gladys Hazel Look




World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington

Age 21

The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlāw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. 2. variant spelling of Laughton .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Donald H Lauton in household of Charles A Look, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Donald H Lawton in household of Charles H Look, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Donald H Lawton in entry for Richard Charles Lawton and Delores Elsie Fultz Holdridge, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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