Lorenzo Burrows

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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, President Millard Fillmore chose Samuel Dickinson Hubbard instead.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1856 to 1857, elected on the American Party ticket in 1855. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New York on the American Party ticket in 1858.

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 (1792–1855) was a New York State Senator.


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