Biography of William H. Lewis
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Lewis, William H., Potsdam, was born on a farm in Stockholm September 30, 1845, a son of William H., a native of Vermont, born in Addison, September 6, 1799. He came to St. Lawrence county when about forty years of age and located in Stockholm, where he conducted a farm. He was a carpenter and followed the trade both in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. He was twice married, His first wife was Orisa Seeley, a native of St. Lawrence county, and his second wife, mother of our subject, he married in 1843. Her maiden name was Hannah Turner, and they had nine children, two of whom died in infancy, one was killed in the war and six are still living. William A. was the second son. His early life was spent in the town of Russell, where his parents moved when he was only a year old. He was educated in the common schools and is a graduate of Eastman's Business College of Poughkeepsie. He was only sixteen years old when the war broke out, and with the enthusiasm of youth he enlisted December 8, 1863, in the 11th N. Y. Cavalry and was in service with them until the end of the war. He was with Sherman and was in a part of the Red River expedition. After thc war closed he returned to Canton, where he attended school for a short time and then went to Poughkeepsie. In 1866 he engaged in the mercantile business in Russell. In 1870 he went west, filling a position in the county clerk's office of Buchanan county, Iowa, four years. Returning to Russell in 1874 he in company with Hiry Derby, established a general store, which he conducted for nearly three years. In 1877 he was elected on the Republican ticket supervisor for one year. In 1878 he moved to West Potsdam, where he took up the manufacture of cheese and has been engaged in dairy business ever since, manufacturing, buying and selling. In 1893, in company with his brother, A. P. Lewis, he turned the cheese factory into a creamery, which now produces 125,000 pounds per year. Since Mr. Lewis came to Potsdam he has held the office of justice of the peace six years. He has heen a member of the Masonic fraternity twenty seven years and is a member of Potsdam Grange No. 39. He married in 1874, Elizabeth P., daughter of Cyrenus Z. and Aurilla (King ) Bostsford of Canton, and they have one son, Percy Llwewllyn, now in his ninth year. They have an adopted daughter, Lora Bacon Lewis.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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