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Joseph Horace LEWIS

(1824-1904)

LEWIS, Joseph Horace, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Glasgow, Barren County, Ky., October 29, 1824; attended the common schools; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1843; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Glasgow, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives 1850-1855; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1857 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and in 1861 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; during the Civil War commanded the Sixth Kentucky Regiment in the Confederate Army, the Second Brigade and the First Brigade in Bates’ division; returned to Glasgow at the close of the Civil War and resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1869 and 1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jacob S. Golladay; reelected to the Forty-second Congress and served from May 10, 1870, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of his profession; elected judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1874; reelected to subsequent terms and served until 1898; moved to a farm in Scott County, near Georgetown, where he died on July 6, 1904; interment in Glasgow Cemetery.

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

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