Commodore James Lawrence, a naval hero, commanded the USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812.

Which city in Gwinnett was named after a naval war hero?

a) Snellville
b) Lawrenceville
c) Lilburn

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The correct answer is (b), the city of Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville, the county seat of Gwinnett County, was established and incorporated by the Georgia General Assembly on December 15, 1821, and named after American Captain James Lawrence, who commanded the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812.

After Lawrence’s death, author and historian, Washington Irving wrote, “He passed before the public eye like a star, just beaming on it for a moment, and falling in the midst of his brightness.”

His dying command, “Don’t give up the ship,” remains a popular naval battle cry to this day.

Did you know? Lawrenceville is the oldest city in Gwinnett County.