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Lorenzo Crounse (1834 – 1909) was a Nebraskamarker Republican politician best known as the 12th Governor of Nebraska.

Early life

Born in Schoharie County, New Yorkmarker on January 27, 1834, Crounse attended the New York Conference seminary in Charlotteville, New York. After teaching school for a while, he went on to become a lawyer and established a law practice at Fort Plain, New Yorkmarker. During the Civil War he organized Battery K, New York Light Artillery and became a captain in 1861. He served for a year but was discharged after suffering wounds at a battle on the Rappahannock Rivermarker in Virginia.

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Political career

Crounse moved to the Nebraska Territorymarker in 1864, and became part of the territorial legislature and later was a delegate to the state's constitutional convention. He became a Justice of Nebraska state supreme court from 1867 to 1873, and after his term expired, ran and was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (1873-1877). He declined to run again in 1876.He became an internal revenue collector for the district of Nebraska in 1879, and then was appointed Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury on April 27, 1891. He resigned on October 31, 1892 to become the 12th governor of Nebraska. During his term, future Nebraska representative William Ezekiel Andrews worked as his private secretary. He served until 1895, and then served briefly in the Nebraska state senate in 1901. Lorenzo Crounse died in Omahamarker in 1909. A Nebraska town (now extinct) near Lincoln was named after him.


  1. Gov. Lorenzo Crounse papers at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved on 2009-07-06.

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