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Lewis, William E.


Age: 0, credited to Norwich, VT
Unit(s): State
Service: BGen VT Troops, drillmaster in 1861, helped recruit troops for VT regts [College: NU 33]

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Birth: 05/25/1815, Unknown
Death: 01/05/1892

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Norwich, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 53102363


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: NU 33
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Fairview Cemetery, Norwich, VT

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William E. Lewis, son of Dr. Enos and Keturah (Denison) Lewis, and brother of Charles D. Lewis, '38, was born in Norwich, Vt., May 28, 1815, and died there, January 5, 1892.

He attended the schools of his town and finished his preparation for college at Moor's School connected with Dartmouth College, and atThetford, Vt. Academy. He entered the "Academy" in 1829, and graduated in 1833.

He was engaged with his mother in running the "Mess Hall" at the North Barracks, 1839-46; served as trustee of the University, 1851-64. He was engaged in farming in Norwich, 1833-39; 1846-92.

He was a Democrat in politics until 1872, when he joined the Republican party. He held many town offices: was highway surveyor, 183839; lister, 1839-40; first constable, 1840-43; town clerk, 1843-92; selectman several years; justice of the peace; town treasurer for eighteen years; represented his town in the House of Representatives, 185ti-57, 1863, 1872-73, 1878-79; was assessor of the U. S. Internal Revenue third district, Vermont, 1863-71.

He took an active interest in the state militia; was 1st sergeant, "Norwich Fusileers," 1833-36; adjutant, first regiment, 3d brigade, 1st division, 1836-37; major same, March 1, 1837-August 29, 1838; lieutenant colonel, 23d regiment, August 29, 1838-June 21, 1839; colonel same, June 21, 1839-1848; brigadier general, 1848-61. On the breaking out of the Civil War, he assisted in recruiting and instructing Co. B, 6th Vermont Volunteers.

He was married March 23, 1846, to Ruby Wright Hazen of Norwich, who survives him and resides in Norwich. Six children were born to them: Lucy Ann, born February 19, 1847, married Joseph Fish Toote, resides in Holyoke, Mass.; William Hazen, born January 25, 1849, resides in Ascutneyville, Vt.; Nina Marie Louise, born September 15, 1851, married William Weeks Morrill, resides in Troy, N. Y.; Katie Denison, born July 18, 1857, died August 17, 1858; Charles Franklin, born August 26, 1859, resides in Norwich, Vt.; Mary Denison, born August 14, 1862, died August 25,1869.

William Arba Ellis, Norwich University 1819-1911 - Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, (The Capital City Press, Montpelier, VT, 1911), ii:166.

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