Albert Lester

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Albert Lester (ca. 1803 – March 14, 1867 Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

Lester removed from Litchfield, Connecticut to Canandaigua.

He was a Democratic member of the New York State Senate (7th D.) from 1844 to 1847, sitting in the 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th New York State Legislatures. On February 12, 1847, Lester was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate, to preside during the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. In May 1847, Lt. Gov. Addison Gardiner was elected to the New York Court of Appeals and took office on July 5. Gardiner thus vacated the office of lieutenant governor—who is ex officio President of the State Senate—and Lester became Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York. Urged by Governor John Young, the State Legislature passed on September 27 a law to hold a special election for lieutenant governor at the New York state election, 1847 to fill the vacancy, and Hamilton Fish was elected to take office on January 1, 1848.

Lester was buried at the West Avenue Cemetery in Canandaigua.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Lyman Sherwood
New York State Senate
Seventh District (Class 1)

1844 – 1847
Succeeded by
district abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Addison Gardiner
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Acting

1847
Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish