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Louis J. Lefkowitz

Louis Lefkowitz
Louis J. Lefkowitz, New York Attorney General
59th Attorney General of New York
In office
January 10, 1957 – December 31, 1978
Governor Nelson Rockefeller
Malcolm Wilson
Hugh Carey
Preceded by Jacob K. Javits
Succeeded by Robert Abrams
Personal details
Born Louis J. Lefkowitz
(1904-07-03)July 3, 1904
Manhattan, New York
Died June 20, 1996(1996-06-20) (aged 91)
Manhattan, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Schwimmer
Children 2
Profession Lawyer, Judge, Politician
The Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building

Louis J. Lefkowitz (July 3, 1904 – June 20, 1996) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as the Attorney General of New York State for 22 years.


  • Personal life 1
  • Political career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Personal life

Lefkowitz was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Samuel Lefkowitz and Mollie (Isaacs) Lefkowitz, and brother of Leo Lefkowitz and Helen (Lefkowitz) Schlesinger. On June 14, 1931, he married Helen Schwimmer (1908–1986). They had a son, Stephen Lefkowitz, and a daughter, Joan Lefkowitz Feinbloom.

Political career

Lefkowitz was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 6th D.) in 1928, 1929 and 1930.

In 1935, he became a municipal judge. In 1957, he was elected by the New York State Legislature as New York Attorney General, to succeed Jacob K. Javits who resigned after his election to the U.S. Senate. Lefkowitz was re-elected in 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974, holding the office for 22 years, the longest tenure since the office was established in 1777.

In 1961, he was the Republican candidate for Mayor of New York City, but lost to Democrat Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

Lefkowitz was a delegate to the 1944, 1948, 1960, and 1964 Republican National Conventions, and an alternate delegate to the 1956 Republican National Convention. He was a moderate or even liberal Republican and part of the Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson A. Rockefeller faction of the New York Republican Party.

Lefkowitz died from Parkinson's disease at his home in Manhattan.

The Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building at 80 Centre Street in the Civic Center district of Manhattan was named for him.[1]



  1. ^ "Louis J. Lekfowitz State Office Building" on the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services website

External links

  • "Louis J. Lefkowitz, 22-Year Attorney General, Dies at 91" (obituary), The New York Times, June 21, 1996
  • "MRS. LOUIS J. LEFKOWITZ" (Helen Lefkowitz obituary), The New York Times, March 19, 1986
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Morris Weinfeld
New York State Assembly
New York County, 6th District

Succeeded by
Irving D. Neustein
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jacob K. Javits
New York Attorney General
Succeeded by
Robert Abrams
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Christenberry
Republican Nominee for Mayor of New York City
Succeeded by
John V. Lindsay
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