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Burwell Boykin LEWIS

(1838-1885)

LEWIS, Burwell Boykin, a Representative from Alabama; born in Montgomery, Ala., July 7, 1838; moved with his parents to Mobile, Ala.; after the death of his parents lived with an uncle in Montevallo, Shelby County, Ala.; attended a private school; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1857; studied law in Selma, Ala.; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Montevallo; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army and attained the rank of captain of the Second Alabama Cavalry; member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872; moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1872 and engaged in the iron and coal business; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1879, to October 1, 1880, when he resigned to accept the presidency of the University of Alabama; served in this capacity until his death in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on October 11, 1885; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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