Biography of Edwars C. Lewis
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Edward C. Lewis, son of Samuel E. and Ann E. (Harley) Lewis. was born in Fall River Township, La Salle Co., Ill., Oct. 5, 1844. He was reared on a farm and in his youth attended several schools. He began reading law with Glover, Cook & Campbell, and practiced his profession with them for five or six years when he settled on his present place. Oct. 13, 1869, he was married to Nellie G. Armstrong, a daughter of Joel and Cordelia (Champlin) Armstrong, and to them have been born three children-Mabel C., born in Ottawa, June 22, 1871; Samuel R., born in Deer Park Township, July 17, 1878, and Julia I., born July 17, 1885. In politics Mr. Lewis is a Republican. He is serving his tenth term as Supervisor and is now on his fourth term as chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He is a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and in 1883-'84 was Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner of Illinois. He is a mern her of the Congregational church. Edward C. Lewis can trace his ancestry back to 1682. In that year Henry Lewis, who was a Quaker, came to Philadelphia, and in 1882 there was a family gathering of the Lewises on the old farm which was settled by Henry Lewis 200 years before. Our subject's father was born in Washington County, Pa., Jan. 12, 1818, and in 1833 came to Illinois with his father's family, and first settled in Marshall County, later moving to Putnam County, where the grandfather of our subject died, the grandmother dying at the home of her daughter in Livingston County, Ill., several years later. The mother of our sublect is a native of Lancaster County, Pa., born in 1820, and is of German descent, the father being of Welsh descent. Both are still living and are residents of Fall River Township.

FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886