Biography of W. I. Lewis
Potter County, PA Biographies

W. I. LEWIS, attorney at law, Coudersport, is a son of Burton Lewis. and was born at Ulysses, Potter Co., Penn., in 1852. He received his early education at Lewisville Academy, and also attended school at Coudersport for several terms. In 1872 he entered Alfred University, from which he graduated in. 1876, as bachelor of philosophy. He began the study of law while attending the university, and from July, 1876, to March, 1878, studied law with Olmsted & Larrabee, of Coudersport, and was admitted to the bar in March, 1878. During his course of study he compiled and published the local laws of Potter county, from its organization up to 1877. He began the practice of law at Duke Centre, McKean county, and was associated for about a year with J. C. Johnson, of Emporium, a prominent attorney of Cameron county: In 1882, when Hon. A. G. Olmsted was elected judge of the district, Mr. Lewis removed to Coudersport, becoming one of the firm of Larrabee & Lewis, where he has acquired an enviable reputation as an able lawyer. Burton Lewis, father of W. I., one of the successful men of the county, was the owner of Farmers Mills, hotel property, etc.; and, wishing to impress upon the mind of his son the importance and nobility of labor, he retained him in all these industries from 1863 to 1868. Our subject then worked a year as shingle sawyer for E. Hackett, in Lewisville, after which he commenced his education. Thus, by close application, perseverance and unswerving integrity, he has worked his way up until he has become a member of a firm which numbers among its clients many of the largest business interests in the county among which are railroad companies, and other corporations. tanneries, and the larger landed estates in the county and enjoys a remunerative and constantly increasing practice. Mr. Lewis is a charter member of Coudersport Chapter, No. 263, R. A. M., being a past high priest therein, and is at present W. K of Enlalia Lodge, No. 342, F. & A. M. He was also an early member of Trinity Commander, No. 58, K. T., of Bradford. He is a member of the Republican party, and was chairman of the county committee during 1884 and 1888; but though he takes a lively interest in his party, he does not aspire to political preferment. In 1879 he married Miss Lucretia Bathbone, of Corning, N. Y., and is the father of one child, Robert R. Since the death of his partner, Mr. Larrabee, Mr. Lewis has continued the business under the same firm name, and is maintaining the business of the firm, and retaining the extensive clientage of the office.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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