Judge Henry E. Lewis, of Brooklyn, Justice of the Supreme Court of the New York Second District, will be the Republican candidate for Mayor of the City of New York, if he can be persuaded to accept.
Judge Lewis is now in Europe, and a friend is now enroute to visit him to tender the proffer of the Republican party and to persuade him to accept the nomination.
It is learned that Judge Lewis, who is not eager to be a candidate, has made two conditions before he will even entertain the possibility. These conditions are that he shall be virtually the unanimous choice of his party and that he shall have a reasonable chance of election. The first of these conditions has already been met, and Republican leaders believe the second to have been circumvented through a survey which reveals that Mayor Walker’s position is not impregnable, because, should ex-Mayor Hylan run, he will receive at least 200,000 Democratic votes, they state.
The Republican choice for Mayor is forty-nine years old, and a native of New York City. Educated in the public and high schools of New York City, he was admitted to the practice of law in 1901. In 1915, he was named County Judge of Kings County, New York, leaving that post in 1916 to become District Attorney of Kings County, an office which he held until 1921. In 1922 he was elected Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, which position he now holds.
Word from Judge Lewis must be received before August 1, when the unofficial city convention will be held to draw up a ticket for the primary election on September 17.