Lewis O. Barrows
Lewis O. Barrows
|57th Governor of Maine|
January 6, 1937 – January 1, 1941
|Preceded by||Louis J. Brann|
|Succeeded by||Sumner Sewall|
|Secretary of State of Maine|
|Governor||Louis J. Brann|
|Preceded by||Robinson C. Tobey|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Robie|
|Born||June 7, 1893|
|Died||January 30, 1967 (aged 73)|
Pittsfield, Maine, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Maine|
Barrows was born in Newport, Maine on June 7, 1893. He studied in the local schools of Newport, and later attended the University of Maine, from which he graduated in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.
Barrow became the treasurer of Newport and held that position for twelve years. In 1926, he became a Republican state committeeman. He became a member of the governor's executive council in 1927. He held that position until 1933. He served as Maine's secretary of state from 1935 to 1936.
Barrow was nominated by the Republican Party for the governorship of Maine in 1936, and went on to win the general election. In 1937, Barrows sent the Maine Army National Guard to Lewiston, Maine and Auburn, Maine following a melee between workers and the local police during the Lewiston-Auburn Shoe Strike. He was also successful in his re-election bid in 1938, and held the governor's office from January 6, 1937 to January 1, 1941. During his administration, the state deficit of Maine was reduced, the budget was balanced, the state school fund was improved, old-age benefits payments were reinstated, the Maine Development Commissions' duties were increased, and federal funding was secured and those funding were used for the construction of new bridges, highways and public buildings.
- National Governors Association. "Biography, Governor Lewis Orin Barrows". www.nga.org/. Washington, DC: NGA. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
- "Biography, Lewis O. Barrows". Maine Encyclopedia. Harpswell, ME: Publius Research. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
- University of Maine (1916). Catalog of the University of Maine, 1916-1917. Orono, ME: The University Press.
- Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2