Lewis O. Barrows

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Lewis O. Barrows
57th Governor of Maine
In office
January 6, 1937 – January 1, 1941
Preceded by Louis J. Brann
Succeeded by Sumner Sewall
Personal details
Born June 7, 1893
Newport, Maine
Died January 30, 1967(1967-01-30) (aged 73)
Pittsfield, Maine, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Maine

Lewis Orin Barrows (June 7, 1893 – January 30, 1967) was an American politician and the 57th Governor of Maine.

Early life[edit]

Barrows was born in Newport, Maine on June 7, 1893. He studied in the local school of Maine. He later studied at the University of Maine.


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 1935-1936.

Barrow was nominated by the Republican Party for the governorship of Maine in 1936. He won the general election by a popular vote. 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. He 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.

Later years[edit]

After leaving the governor's office, Barrow worked for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston. He died on January 30, 1967 in Pittsfield, Maine.


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis J. Brann
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
Sumner Sewall