About Lou Payn
Political Leader, Businessman
A political boss of New York State; Prominent paper manufacturer in Columbia County; Founded the Chatham Republican newspaper; Elected delegate to every national Republican convention from 1864 (Lincoln) to 1920 (Harding); Appointed Harbor Master for the Port of New York in 1866. A follower of Roscoe Conkling, Payn was a member of the "Band of 306" delegates that steadfastly supported Ulysses Grant's bid for a third term for president at the Republican convention in 1880.
New York City Police Commissioner, and later U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt forced him to resign his position as Harbor Master for the Port of New York based on his corrupt activities.