Louis J. Lefkowitz
|59th Attorney General of New York|
January 10, 1957 – December 31, 1978
|Governor||W. Averell Harriman|
|Preceded by||Jacob K. Javits|
|Succeeded by||Robert Abrams|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the New York County's 6th district
January 1, 1928 – December 31, 1930
|Preceded by||Morris Weinfeld|
|Succeeded by||Irving D. Neustein|
|Born||July 3, 1904|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 20, 1996 (aged 91)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
(m. 1931; died 1986)
|Alma mater||The High School of Commerce (1921)|
Fordham Law School (1925)
|Profession||Lawyer, judge, politician|
Early life and education
He attended P.S. 188 and then The High School of Commerce in New York City and graduated at the age of 16 in 1921. He didn't attend college after high school but worked full-time as a law clerk and served summonses. While still working full-time, he went on to study law in the evening division of Fordham Law School In New York City beginning in 1922.
Lefkowitz graduated from Fordham Law School in 1925.
In 1957, Lefkowitz was elected by the New York State Legislature as New York Attorney General, to succeed Jacob K. Javits, who resigned after being elected to the U.S. Senate the previous year. 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.
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.
On June 14, 1931, he married Helen Schwimmer (1908–1986). They had a son, Stephen Lefkowitz, a lawyer and professor of Law, and a daughter, Joan Lefkowitz Feinbloom.
- Ferretti, Fred, "The Last of the Street Politicians", The New York Times, January 21, 1979.
- Goodman, George, Jr., "High School Notes", The New York Times, December 15, 1973
- Cooper, Robert H., Jr. "ORAL HISTORY: Louis Lefkowitz", Fordham University School of Law, March 3, 1989.
- "Louis J. Lekfowitz State Office Building" Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine on the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services website
- "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 State Assembly|
| New York State Assembly
New York County, 6th District
Irving D. Neustein
Jacob K. Javits
| Attorney General of New York
|Party political offices|
| Republican Nominee for Mayor of New York City
John V. Lindsay