George E. Lounsbury

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George Edward Lounsbury
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58th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 4, 1899 – January 9, 1901
LieutenantLyman A. Mills
Preceded byLorrin A. Cooke
Succeeded byGeorge P. McLean
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District
In office
Preceded byLeander P. Jones
Succeeded byEdwin O. Keeler
Personal details
Born(1838-05-07)May 7, 1838
Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 16, 1904(1904-08-16) (aged 66)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Frances Josephine Potwin
Alma materYale College (1863),
Berkeley Divinity School (1866)

George Edward Lounsbury (May 7, 1838 – August 16, 1904) was an American politician and the 58th Governor of Connecticut from 1899 to 1901.

Early life[edit]

Lounsbury was born in Poundridge, New York on May 7, 1838, the son of Nathan Lounsbury and Delia Scofield. He studied at Yale University and graduated in 1863. He then went to Berkeley Divinity School and graduated in 1866. He partnered with his brothers, Phineas C. Lounsbury, and founded two successful shoe factories - the Lounsbury Brothers Inc., a shoe factory and Lounsbury, Matthewson, and Company. He was of English ancestry.[1]


Lounsbury was a member of the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District from 1894 to 1898. He became the Governor of Connecticut on January 4, 1899. During his term, he vetoed many bills that helped to reduce the state deficit. He left office on January 9, 1901.

Personal life[edit]

Lounsbury married Frances Josephine Potwin. He also was an Episcopal priest. He died on August 16, 1904, aged 66.


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2


  1. ^ Men of Mark in Connecticut: Ideals of American Life Told in Biographies and Autobiographies of Eminent Living Americans, Volume 1
Political offices
Preceded by
Lorrin A. Cooke
Governor of Connecticut
January 4, 1899–January 9, 1901
Succeeded by
George P. McLean
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Leander P. Jones
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District

Succeeded by
Edwin O. Keeler