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Harry Lancaster Towe (November 3, 1898, Jersey City, New Jersey – February 4, 1991, Tenafly, New Jersey) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1951.

Harry Lancaster Towe
Harry L. Towe (New Jersey Congressman).jpg
Asbury Park Press, February 13, 1948
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – September 7, 1951
Preceded byFrank C. Osmers Jr.
Succeeded byFrank C. Osmers Jr.
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1898-11-03)November 3, 1898
Jersey City, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 4, 1991(1991-02-04) (aged 92)
Tenafly, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, November 3, 1898, Towe attended the public schools of Passaic, New Jersey. He attended the United States Naval Academy from 1918 to 1920 and graduated from New Jersey Law School at Newark in 1925. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Rutherford, New Jersey. Towe was United States commissioner from 1929 to 1931 and special assistant attorney general of New Jersey from 1931 to 1934. He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1941 and 1942.

Towe was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1943, until his resignation September 7, 1951, to become an assistant attorney general of New Jersey, in which capacity he served until October 31, 1953.

He engaged in the practice of law in Hackensack, New Jersey and was secretary and general counsel of the publishing firm of Medical Economics, Inc. from 1960 to 1969. He was a resident of Kinnelon, New Jersey until his death on February 4, 1991, at his home in Lakewood Township, New Jersey.[1]


  1. ^ Staff. "Harry L. Towe, 92, A Former Congressman", The New York Times, February 10, 1991. Accessed November 19, 2017. "Harry Lancaster Towe, a former Congressman and deputy attorney general of New Jersey, died on Friday at his home in Lakewood, N.J. He was 92 years old."

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Harry Lancaster Towe (id: T000320)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank C. Osmers Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1943-September 7, 1951
Succeeded by
Frank C. Osmers Jr.