Edmund L. Pitts

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Edmund Levi Pitts (May 23, 1839 Yates, Orleans County, New York - July 11, 1898 Medina, Orleans County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

He was the son of John M. Pitts (1814–1907) and Mary Ann Clark Pitts (1820–1873). He was educated at Yates Academy, then studied law with Sanford E. Church at Albion, New York, and graduated from the State and National Law School in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1860.

He married Una E. Stokes (1843–1920) on December 9, 1862. Their only child was Grace M. Pitts (1867–1900).

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orleans Co.) in 1864, 1865, 1866, 1867 and 1868. In 1867, he was chosen Speaker of the New York State Assembly, at the age of 27 the youngest man ever to hold this office. He was a delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention.

From May 1870 to June 1873, he was an Assessor of United States Revenue for Orleans County.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (29th D.) from 1880 to 1883, sitting in the 103rd, 104th, 105th and 106th New York State Legislatures. In May 1881, when Roscoe Conkling and Thomas C. Platt resigned their seats in the United States Senate, he opposed firmly their re-election. He was a delegate to the 1884 Republican National Convention.

He was again a member of the State Senate in 1886 and 1887, and was President pro tempore.

He was buried at Boxwood Cemetery in Ridgeway, New York.

Sources[edit]

  • [1] Speaker election, NYT on January 3, 1867
  • [2] Nomination for re-election to the State Senate, in NYT on September 30, 1881
  • [3] Chosen as Pres. pro tem of State Senate, in NYT on January 5, 1886
  • [4] His father's and wfe's obits, at Rootsweb
  • [5] List of burials at Boxwood Cemetery, at Rootsweb
  • [6] His obit in NYT on July 12, 1898
New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Parks
New York State Assembly
Orleans County

1864–1868
Succeeded by
Marvin Harris
Political offices
Preceded by
Lyman Tremain
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1867
Succeeded by
William Hitchman
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Lewis S. Payne
New York State Senate
29th District

1880–1883
Succeeded by
Charles S. Baker
Preceded by
Charles S. Baker
New York State Senate
29th District

1886–1887
Succeeded by
Donald McNaughton
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis McCarthy
President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
1886–1887
Succeeded by
Henry R. Low