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Lewis H. Pounds

Lewis H. Pounds, New York State Treasurer, Brooklyn Borough President

Lewis Humphrey Pounds (April 9, 1860 in Eaton, Lorain County, Ohio – December 16, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) was an American businessman and politician.

Life

He graduated from Oberlin College and Boston University. About 1893 he removed to Brooklyn, New York where he became a real estate broker and developer. He married Carrie Stilson (d. 1940).

He was Brooklyn Commissioner of Public Works when he was elected Borough President of Brooklyn on July 3, 1913. He stayed in office until 1917, the only Republican Borough President of Brooklyn in history. On April 30, 1921, he was appointed one of the original six commissioners of the Port of New York Authority, and later became its President.

He was the last New York State Comptroller.

In 1932, after the resignation of Jimmy Walker, Pounds ran for Mayor of New York City, but was defeated by Democrat John P. O'Brien.

He was a delegate to the 1908, 1936 and 1940 Republican National Conventions.

He died at his home at 317, East Seventeenth Street, in Brooklyn, and was buried at the Northport Rural Cemetery in Northport, New York.

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  • Political Graveyard
  • Elected Borough Pres., in NYT on July 4, 1913
  • Appointed port commissioner, in NYT on May 1, 1921
  • Pres of Port Authority, in NYT on June 17, 1922
Political offices


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