Charles S. Lewis

Charles Swearinger Lewis ( born February 26, 1821 in Clarksburg, Virginia; † January 22, 1878 ) was an American politician. In 1854 and 1855 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Born in what is now West Virginia Charles Lewis attended the public schools of his home and then studied at Ohio University in Athens and then to 1844 at Augusta College in Kentucky. After a subsequent law degree in 1846 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Clarksburg to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1849 to 1852 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia.

After the death of Rep. John F. Lewis Snodgrass was overdue at the election for the eleventh seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on December 4, 1854. Since he has not been confirmed at the regular congressional elections of 1854, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1855. This period was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Lewis practiced again as a lawyer in Clarksburg. In 1861 he was a delegate to the meeting at which the state of Virginia decided his withdrawal from the Union. Lewis' home did not follow the spin-off and broke away from Virginia. As a result, 1863 was the state of West Virginia. There, Lewis was minister of education ( state superintendent of free schools ); 1871 to 1873, he served as Adjutant General of the state militia commander. In 1871 he sat in the House of Representatives from West Virginia. Since 1873 until his death on January 22, 1878 Judge Lewis was in the second judicial district of this state.