William Ebenezer Lewis, a prominent Utica attorney connected with various corporate interests, was born
on the 26th of November, 1852, in the city of New York, a son of Ebenezer and Anna M. Lewis. After attending the
Whitestown Seminary he completed his more specifically literary education in Hamilton College from which he received
the M. A. degree in 1878 His professional course was pursued in Hamilton College Law School and in 1879 he was
appointed assistant district attorney of Oneida county, which position he acceptably filled for six years. In 1886
he entered upon the practice of law as a member of the firm of Dennison, Lewis & Dennison, and after several
changes the present firm of Lewis, Watkins & Titus was organized in 1900. This is recognized not only as one
of the strong law firms of the city but also of the county and state and the clientele accorded it is of an important
character. Mr. Lewis has ever been a vigilant and attentive observer of men and measures and from the experiences
and lessons of life he draws logical deductions which supplement his knowledge of the law and attribute to his
His history as regards public service covers four years' connection with the police and fire commission of the
city, during which period he served as its president and for several years he has taken an active part in politics.
His cooperation was sought in the management and control of important business affairs and he has made wise investments
in various profitable projects. He is now the president of the Quigley Furniture Company of Whitesbore). New York,
the president of the Central New York Power Company, vice president of the Utica Gas & Electric Light Company
and a director of the First National Bank, the Citizens Trust Company of Utica, the Farmers & Mechanics Bank
of Cobleskill, New York, and the Bank of Richmondville, New York.
On the 26th of September, 1888, Mr. Lewis was married to Miss Minnie A. Foster, of Richmondville, Schoharie county,
New York, who died on the 7th of August, 1892, leaving a daughter, Laura Foster Lewis. Mr. Lewis belongs to the
Arcanum and the Fort Schuyler Clubs of Utica and also to the Transportation and Republican Clubs, of New York city.
He has a wide acquaintance in professional and business circles throughout the state and wherever he has gone he
has won the friendship and esteem of those with whom he has been brought in contact.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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