Charles H. Lawton Jr.
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Team: Swimming & Diving

Charles H. Lawton Jr. '20
Pawtucket, RI
Swimming & Diving
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Charles H. Lawton, Jr. ’20 came to Brown with good credentials as a swimmer and honed his talents under Coach Charlie Huggins to the point where he ended his career as one of the most respected intercollegiate swimmers in the country. Learning to swim and dive at the Pawtucket Boys Club pool and on Martha’s Vineyard, Lawton had won the dives in the RI Interscholastics before enrolling at Brown in the fall of 1916 at age 16. For four years the Pawtucket native competed on the relay team that won 80 percent of its meets, was featured in the dives, where he was ranked second in New England and fifth nationally, and was a constant point-scorer in the 50-yard dash. After Brown’s 29-21 victory over a fine Wesleyan team in Lawton’s sophomore year, the Providence Journal reporter wrote: “Charlie Lawton came into his own with some of the best diving ever seen at the pool. His running and standing one-and-a-half is his feature dive but he has a good stack of others which are a treat to watch.” And after Brown’s 28-25 victory over Harvard, the paper said: “Lawton won the meet for Brown by swimming the leg on the relay team and holding the lead against Wentworth, Harvard’s best man.” Charlie Lawton was captain of the 1919-20 Bruins, a team that went 7-0, including a 45-8 decision over Syracuse. Most of the post-meet stories that year had the same ring to them – Lawton won the dives, the dashes, and was leg man on the winning relay team. During Lawton’s final two seasons, the Brown relay team was undefeated at 11-0 and posted the best time in the East. In his final appearance in a Brown uniform, Charlie Lawton achieved one of his dreams when he won the New England championship in the dives. He also took a third in the 50-yard dash in the New Englands, which were held at Harvard that year. Two years later, representing the Brookline Swimming Club, Charlie Lawton captured the New England AAU diving championship, a fitting climax to a superb swimming career. Charlie and his wife, Sarah, live in Pawtucket, where he is the retired president of C.H. Lawton & Son, insurance and real estate.