General Lewis was born in New York, the son of Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He fought in the Revolutionary War and afterward turned to the profession of law, serving as attorney general of the state of New York and subsequently on the state supreme court; from 1801 to 1804 he was the chief justice of that body. In 1804 he was elected governor of New York, defeating Aaron Burr. He was the sixth president of The New-York Historical Society (1832-35).
Gift of Maturin Livingston Delafield and John Ross Delafield
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