John F. Lewis

John Francis Lewis ( born March 1, 1818 Rockingham County, Virginia, † September 2, 1895 ibid ) was an American politician ( Republican). He served on the U.S. Senate as a representative of the State of Virginia, and was its vice- governor.

John F. Lewis came on the Lynnwood plantation in rural Rockingham County to the world. He also visited the school before he worked as a young man in agriculture. In 1842 he married Helen Serena Sheffey, with whom he raised them six children.

Shortly before the start of the Civil War took part in the secession convention Lewis of Virginia, but did not put his signature to the document, which sealed the secession. After he had remained loyal to the Union, he applied in 1865 as a candidate of the Union party for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but failed.

From October 1869 to January 1870 Lewis officiated for the first time as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He resigned from his post, as Virginia had regained full political rights, and represented his country as of the January 26, 1870 in the U.S. Senate. There he remained until March 3, 1875. To redial he did not present himself.

Lewis left Washington D.C. again. In Virginia, he was appointed by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes to the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of the state. He held that post from 1875 until his resignation in 1882. After re- election as lieutenant governor he remained from 1881 to 1886 in that post until he retired from politics. John Lewis died in 1895 at the Lynnwood plantation and was buried in the family cemetery.