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Seymour Lowman (October 7, 1868 Chemung, Chemung County, New York - March 13, 1940) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1925 to 1926.

Life

He was the son of John Lowman (1832-1884) and Fanny (Bixby) Lowman. On September 9, 1893, he married Katherine Harding Smith.

He was admitted to the bar, and practiced at Elmira, New York.

He was a member from Chemung County of the New York State Assembly from 1909 to 1910. He was Chairman of the Chemung County Republican Committee from 1912 to 1934. He was a member of the New York State Senate from the 41st District from 1919 to 1924. He was a delegate to the 1924 and 1932 Republican National Conventions.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1925 to 1926, elected in 1924 on the Republican ticket to serve with Democratic Governor Al Smith whose running mate George R. Lunn was defeated. Lowman was the last lieutenant governor of New York who was not the running mate of the elected governor. In 1926, he was defeated for re-election when Al Smith was re-elected with his running mate Edwin Corning.

From August 1, 1927 until the end of the Hoover administration in 1933, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Andrew W. Mellon and Ogden L. Mills, and as a notorious "dry" was in charge of the enforcement of Prohibition. A month after taking office, he said: "There are many incompetent and crooked men in the service. Bribery is rampant. There are many wolves in sheep's clothing. We are after them... Some days my arm gets tired signing orders of dismissal." [1]

Afterwards he was President of the Elmira Savings Bank.

Notes

  1. ^ TIME Magazine on September 19, 1927 (giving middle initial "M.")

Sources

  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] The tariff imbroglio with France, in TIME Magazine on October 17, 1927
  • [3] TIME Magazine on July 25, 1927 (giving middle initial "W.")
Political offices
Preceded by
David C. Robinson
New York State Assembly, Chemung County
1909–1910
Succeeded by
Robert P. Bush
Preceded by
Morris Halliday
New York State Senate, 41st District
1919–1924
Succeeded by
James Truman
Preceded by
George R. Lunn
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1925 - 1926
Succeeded by
Edwin Corning
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