Biographical Sketch of Lawrence H. Lewis, 
Crawford County, Missouri
West Amboy, NY

In response to: "If anyone has access to their home state history books and can check for names on anyone with ties or connections to Oswego County, it would be most appreciated to have the information online."  The link below is already posted at MOGenWeb Crawford County website.  Al Lewis.
  • Lawrence H. Lewis

This is my great-grandfather. who was born in West Amboy. One correction to the article. He was born on 31 Oct 1840, rather than in 1844. He was a 7th generation descendant of John Lewis of Westerly, RI. His siblings, who survived childhood were George W., Henry D., Phidelia, Alonzo N., John W. and Emmett Lewis. He was the father of 11 children, 7 of whom survived infancy. Being 15 years older than his wife, he fathered his youngest child in 1900, at age 60. He was elected to the Missouri State Assembly as Representative of Crawford County, MO in 1904 and, again, in 1914 and in 1916. He died on 06 Apr 1920 in the town of Cuba, Crawford Co., MO and is buried there, with his wife, in Kinder Cemetery. Al Lewis.
I am also including several photos of him. 

Taken before 1906
Taken about 1916
Lawrence H. Lewis
Lawrence H. Lewis

 Biographical Sketch of Lawrence H. Lewis, Crawford County, Missouri From "History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford and  Gasconade Counties", Biographical Appendix, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888.
Lawrence H. Lewis, blacksmith and wagon-maker, and also proprietor of Lewis Opera House, Cuba, MO., was born in Oswego County, N. Y., in 1844.  In the family of his parents, George W. and Sarah (Bassett) Lewis, were eleven children, of whom he was the tenth.  Lawrence H., received a good education, and when a young man aspired to be an attorney-at-law; he attended the Ohio State Law College of Cleveland, Ohio, three years, and received a diploma as Bachelor of Laws from that institution in 1868.  He was admitted to the bar and also the United States Courts in the same year, but practiced the legal profession but, about two years, when ill health compelled him to seek other employment.  He then immigrated to the West, and in 1871 he located in Crawford County, MO., where he has been engaged in various pursuits; he first ran a sawmill, and in 1872 bought a town lot in Cuba, upon which he built and established his present shop in 1876.
He keeps competent workmen both in the wagon-making department and the blacksmith shop, employing from eight to ten hands.  In 1882 he erected the hall, or opera house, in Cuba, and has now another brick structure in process of erection for the same purpose.  In 1874, Mr. Lewis married Elizabeth, daughter of Walter and Frances (Sutherland) Evans.  They have had eight children, five of whom are living, viz.: Cora E., Clarence E., Laura P., Lawrence H., Jr. and an infant. Politically, Mr. Lewis is a stanch Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln.  He is a member of the A.O.U.W.
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*Note:  Read correction to birth date of 31 Oct. 1840 above top.

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