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Lorenzo Burrows

Lorenzo Burrows
18th New York State Comptroller
In office
January 1, 1856 – December 31, 1857
Preceded by James M. Cook
Succeeded by Sanford E. Church
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 34th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 4, 1853
Preceded by Washington Hunt
Succeeded by Walter L. Sessions
Personal details
Born March 15, 1805
Groton, Connecticut
Died March 6, 1885 (age 79)
Albion, New York
Political party Know Nothing
Profession Clerk, politician

Lorenzo Burrows (March 15, 1805 in Groton, New London County, Connecticut – March 6, 1885 in Albion, Orleans County, New York) was an American merchant, banker and politician.


He attended the academies at Plainfield, Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island. He moved to New York and settled in Albion, N.Y., in 1824. He was employed as a clerk until 1826, when he engaged in mercantile pursuits. He assisted in establishing the Bank of Albion in 1839 and served as cashier. He was Treasurer of Orleans County in 1840 and was Assignee in bankruptcy for Orleans County in 1841. He was Supervisor of the Town of Barre in 1845, and was elected as a Whig to the 31st and 32nd United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1849 to March 4, 1853.

In August 1852, he declined to be appointed United States Postmaster General by President Millard Fillmore. Instead, Fillmore (a fellow New York Whig) chose Connecticut Whig Samuel Dickinson Hubbard.

He was eighteenth New York State Comptroller from 1856 to 1857, elected on the American Party ticket in 1855. He won 33.98% of the vote over the Republican, and the two Democrats.[1]

He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New York on the American Party ticket in 1858. Unlike three years previously, where he won with slightly over a third of the vote, he only narrowly got over ten percent this election while both the reunited Democratic Party and the recently established Republican Party both won over forty percent.[2]

He was director of the Niagara Falls International Bridge Co. He was chosen as a regent of New York University in 1858 and appointed one of the commissioners of Mount Albion Cemetery in 1862, serving in both of these capacities until his death in 1885. He was buried at Mount Albion.

His uncle Daniel Burrows was a United States Representative from Connecticut. His brother Latham A. Burrows was a New York State Senator. Both served in Congress or in the state legislature in the 1820's.


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  • Lorenzo Burrows at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • [3] Political Graveyard
  • [4] His declination to be Postmaster General, in NYT on August 27, 1852
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 34; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Washington Hunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter L. Sessions
Political offices
Preceded by
James M. Cook
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Sanford E. Church
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