Biography of Edward C. Lewis
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EDWARD C. LEWIS, WATERBURY: President Waterbury Farrel Foundry and Machine Company.

E. C. Lewis, who is one of Waterbury's most substantial citizens, and interested in some of the largest enterprises of that prosperous city. is a native of North Wales, born September 23, 1826. At the early age of four years he came to this country with his father and mother, locating at Bridgeport. His parents being possessed of but little money, they could only give him a common school education, and early in life he was compelled to go to work in cotton and woolen mills, where he was engaged for eight years. He then sought other occupation and entered, as an apprentice, the Bridgeport Iron Works, a concern which he, with others, in later life, owned and managed. In 1847 he removed to Birmingham and worked for Colburn & Bassett, who were then prominent iron founders in that vicinity. In 1849 he became foreman for the Farrell Foundry & Machine Company of Ansonia, and it was here that Mr. Lewis demonstrated his thorough knowledge of the business, and also his executive ability, which soon resulted in his being transferred to Waterbury as foreman for the same concern, which had a branch foundry and machine shop at that locality. Mr. Lewis rapidly rose in the estimation of those by whom he was employed, and by the simple force of his ability and character soon secured an interest in the business, and in a short time became the active manager and head of the concern at Waterbury. The Farrel Foundry & Machine Company have long been known throughout the Naugatuck valley as successful iron founders and builders of machinery, and no one concern in that section has done more to build up its material interests than they. In this work Mr. Lewis has done much by giving it his best thought and untiring effort. Politically, he has always been a pronounced republican, and as such has held several offices under the city government, having been elected twice as a member of the common council, and also served one term as police commissioner. In the fall of 1883 he reluctantly accepted a nomination for representative in the legislature, from Waterbury and was handsomely elected against an able political opponent, and that in a town which usually gives a democratic majority - a sufficient tribute to his popularity and ability.

Mr. Lewis is a member of Trinity Episcopal church of Waterbury ; a member of the order of Odd Fellows, and of the Waterbury club. Additionally to his connection with the Farrel company, he is a director and one of the original projectors of the Manufacturers' National Bank of Waterbury, an owner in several manufacturing concerns, and has a large real estate interest in Waterbury. He is thus thoroughly identified with the material prosperity and welfare of his section, and is also in hearty and active sympathy with all efforts for the public good in its higher and broadest sense.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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