Edward Taylor LEWIS, Congress, LA (1834-1927)


LEWIS, Edward Taylor, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, October 26, 1834; received his early education from private tutors; later attended Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Opelousas, La.; enlisted as a private in an Infantry regiment of the Confederate Army and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain of Cavalry; member of the State house of representatives in 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress on February 15, 1883, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Andrew S. Herron and served from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1884; served as judge for the fifth judicial district from 1887 to 1892; again a member of the State house of representatives 1886-1888; served as judge of the court of appeals, third circuit of Louisiana, 1894-1896; judge of the sixteenth judicial district 1900-1908; resumed the practice of law; died in Opelousas, La., April 26, 1927; interment in Myrtle Grove Cemetery.

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