Edmund L. Pitts

Edmund Levi Pitts (May 23, 1839 Yates, Orleans County, New York - July 11, 1898 Medina, Orleans County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of John M. Pitts (1814-1907) and Mary Ann Clark Pitts (1820-1873). He was educated at Yates Academy, then studied law with Sanford E. Church at Albion, New York, and graduated from the State and National Law School in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1860.

He married Una E. Stokes (1843-1920) on December 9, 1862. Their only child was Grace M. Pitts (1867-1900).

He was a member from Orleans County of the New York State Assembly from 1864 to 1868. He was chosen Speaker of the New York State Assembly at the age of 27, to date the youngest man ever to hold this office.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868 and 1884.

From May 1870 to June 1873, he was a Assessor of United States Revenue for Orleans County.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1880 to 1883, and from 1886 to 1887, serving as President pro tempore in 1886 and 1887. In May 1881, when Roscoe Conkling and Thomas C. Platt resigned their seats in the United States Senate, he opposed firmly their re-election.

He was buried at Boxwood Cemetery in Ridgeway, New York.


* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9E06EFDF1E3CE13BBC4B53DFB766838C679FDE&oref=slogin] Speaker election, NYT on January 3, 1867
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D04E2D8103CEE3ABC4850DFBF66838A699FDE] Nomination for re-election to the State Senate, in NYT on September 30, 1881
*Bio in Appleton's Encyclopedia, at famousamericans.net
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9B0CE3D81230E533A25756C0A9679C94679FD7CF] Chosen as Pres. pro tem of State Senate, in NYT on January 5, 1886
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/pitts.html#RQP0UWC1E] Political Graveyard
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorlean/obitp.htm#PITTS] His father's and wfe's obits, at Rootsweb
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorlean/boxwoodp.htm] List of burials at Boxwood Cemetery, at Rootsweb
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9902E5DB103CE433A25751C1A9619C94699ED7CF] His obit in NYT on July 12, 1898

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