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Dame Agnes Maude Lawrence (16 April 1864 - 11 January 1933) was an educationist and civil servant.

The youngest child of John Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence, she was born in Southgate in the Middlesex suburbs of London.

Having studied English literature at Bedford College she became a school manager. In June 1899 she was co-opted to fill a casual vacancy in the representation of Westminster on the London School Board (LSB), of which her father had been the first chairman. She held the seat at the final school board elections in 1900.

With the abolition of the LSB in 1904, the London County Council became the education authority for the capital. When the first education committee was formed by the council, Lawrence was co-opted onto the body.

In 1905 she became chief woman inspector of the Board of Education. She held the post until October 1920 to when she became director of women's establishments at HM Treasury. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1926, and continued working until her death from influenza in 1933, aged 69.

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