Lewis A. Edwards

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Lewis A. Edwards (June 18, 1811 in Gardiners Island, East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York – June 3, 1879) was an American businessman, manufacturer and politician from New York.


He was the son of Sylvanus Edwards (1790–1860) and Sarah (Brown) Edwards (1790–1866). He attended the district schools, and in 1828 went to New York City. There he became first a grocer's clerk, and then collector of wharfage. In 1846, after the death of his employer, he took over the management of the wharfage business. Later he succeeded to the business, becoming the co-lessee of extensive wharf areas, and later added shipping and the building of coastal trade vessels to his business. In 1853, after most of the wharves had been leased to steamship companies, he retired from business, and returned to Suffolk County, settling at Orient. In 1861, he became a partner in a fish oil and guano company.

He was a Democratic member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1868 and 1869; and a presidential elector in 1868, voting for Horatio Seymour and Francis Preston Blair, Jr.

He was buried at the Central Cemetery in Orient.


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Nicholas B. La Bau
New York State Senate
1st District

Succeeded by
Samuel H. Frost