George Morrison Lawton
File:George M. Lawton.jpg
Lawton from 1910 Michigan football team portrait
Biographical details
Born(1886-08-03)August 3, 1886
Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada
DiedSeptember 30, 1941(1941-09-30) (aged 55)
Playing career
Position(s)Fullback, punter
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall6–6–3 (.500)
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George Morrison Lawton (August 3, 1886 - September 30, 1941) was an American football player and coach. He played at the fullback and punter positions for the University of Michigan football team from 1908 to 1910. He was the head coach for the University of Detroit Titans football team for the 1913 and 1914 seasons.

Early yearsEdit

Lawton was born in Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada in 1886. He moved with his parents to Detroit, Michigan as an infant. His father, Thomas M. Lawton was a prominent physician in Detroit for 25 years. Lawton was educated in the Detroit public schools and graduated from Detroit Central High School.[1]

University of MichiganEdit

Lawton enrolled in the law department at the University of Michigan and received his LL.B. degree in 1911.[1] While attending Michigan, he played for Fielding H. Yost's Michigan Wolverines football team as a fullback and punter from 1908 to 1910.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

In August 1913, Lawton was hired as the head coach of Detroit Titans football team.[3] He served in that capacity from 1913 to 1914. In two seasons as the team's head coach, he compiled a record of 6–6–3 (.500).[4]

Business career and familyEdit

After graduating from Michigan, Lawton was admitted to the Michigan bar, but he never practiced as an attorney. He worked for single years on YMCA activities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the circulation department of The Detroit News, and in the real estate business. In 1913, he formed an insurance partnership called Lawton & Ouellette in Detroit. He worked for many years in the insurance business and also officiated at college and high school football games. Lawton married Laura Bessie Newton in 1917, and they had five children, Thomas Stanley,[1] Bessie Jean,[1] Louie Jane, Diana Howard and George Francis Eugene.

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