Arthur Levitt Sr.

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Arthur Levitt Sr.
Occupation Deceased
Location Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.

The late Arthur Levitt, Sr. was a public official, serving as New York State Controller from 1955 to 1978. [1] He was elected to the position five times by large majorities.

He was also the father of former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, Jr.


A Democrat, Levitt served under four governors and is remembered for tightening New York's auditing procedures, including "performance audits" of state agencies.

Levitt was born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., June 28, 1900 and was the son of Israel A. Levitt and Rose (Daniels) Levitt [2].

Levitt served in the U.S. Army during World War I and achieved the rank of colonel during World War II.

Levitt was also a member of the following organizations:

  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Freemasons
  • Shriners
  • Knights of Pythias
  • Phi Sigma Delta
  • Odd Fellows.



  1. Milestones, May 19, 1980. Time Magazine.
  2. Index to Politicians: Levinger to Levota. The Political Graveyard.