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Lewis Humphrey Pounds (1861 Lorain County, Ohiomarker - December 16, 1947 Brooklynmarker, New York Citymarker) was an American businessman and politician.


He graduated from Oberlin Collegemarker and Boston Universitymarker. 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 Brooklynmarker on July 3, 1913. He stayed in office until 1917. He was is the only Republican to ever serve as Borough President of Brooklyn. On April 30, 1921, he was appointed one of the original six commissioners of the Port of New York Authority, and later its President.

He was the last New York State Treasurer, elected in 1924 defeating the incumbent Democrat George K. Shuler. Governor Al Smith undertook a major reorganisation of the State government during his four terms in office, and the State Treasury was merged into the Department of Audit and Control headed by the New York State Comptroller as of January 1, 1927.

In 1932, after the resignation of Jimmy Walker, he 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 Yorkmarker.


  • [694060] Political Graveyard
  • [694061] Elected Borough Pres., in NYT on July 4, 1913
  • [694062] Appointed port commissioner, in NYT on May 1, 1921
  • [694063] Pres of Port Authority, in NYT on June 17, 1922

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