Loran L. Lewis

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Loran Ludowick Lewis (May 9, 1825 Mentz, Cayuga County, New York – March 8, 1916 Buffalo, Erie County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was the son of John C. Lewis and Delecta (Barbour) Lewis. He studied law in Auburn, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and commenced practice in Buffalo. On June 1, 1852, he married Charlotte E. Pierson, and they had four children.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (31st D.) from 1870 to 1873, sitting in the 93rd, 94th, 95th and 96th New York State Legislatures.

He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (8th D.) from 1883 to 1895 when he reached the constitutional age limit. In 1901, he was appointed by the court, with Robert C. Titus, to defend Leon Czolgosz at his trial for the assassination of William McKinley.

Lewis died from pneumonia at his home in Buffalo.

Temperance and physical culture advocate Diocletian Lewis (1823–1886) was his brother.


New York State Senate
Preceded by
Asher P. Nichols
New York State Senate
31st District

Succeeded by
John Ganson