LEWIS, Dixon Hall

1802–1848

Biography

LEWIS, Dixon Hall, (nephew of Bolling Hall), a Representative and a Senator from Alabama; born on Bothwick plantation, Dinwiddie County, Va., August 10, 1802; moved to Hancock County, Ga., with his parents in 1806; graduated from Mount Zion Academy and from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1820; moved to Autauga County, Ala., the same year; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823, and commenced the practice of law in Montgomery, Ala.; member, State house of representatives 1826-1828; elected as a States Rights Democrat to the Twenty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, to April 22, 1844, when he resigned, having been appointed Senator; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses); appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William R. King; reelected in 1847 and served from April 22, 1844, until his death in New York City on October 25, 1848; chairman, Committee on Finance (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Retrenchment (Twenty-ninth Congress); interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: Letter (April 22, 1846) to President James K. Polk; letter (June 29, 1848) to William Lowndes Yancy; a biographical sketch (1848); correspondence in William Lowndes Yancey papers, 1834-1941; and Hall family papers, 1785-1923.

Auburn University Library

Auburn, AL
Papers: 1828-1859. .25 foot. Photocopies of correspondence, printed speech in Senate (13 July 1848), and biographical sketch.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Clemson University
Special Collections

Clemson, SC
Papers: Ca. 10 items in the John C. Calhoun papers, 1784-1888. 6 feet. Finding aid. Restricted.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Lewis S. Coryell correspondence, 1806-1867.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1842, undated. 2 letters.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1843. 2 letters.

University of Texas
Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: 1833-1865. Ca. 1 foot. Photocopies made in 1936 of papers privately owned. Correspondence, legal documents, muster roll, and other papers relating to personal affairs, political requests, presidential campaigns, the political careers of Lewis and John Calhoun, and erection of a marker for Lewis. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in Thomas Hartley Crawford papers, 1827-1862.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Moore, Frederick W., ed. "Calhoun as Seen by His Political Friends: Letters of Duff Green, Dixon H. Lewis and Richard K. Cralle1 During the Period from 1831 to 1848." Publications of the Southern History Association 7 (May 1903): 159-69; (July 1903): 269-91; (September 1903): 353-61; (November 1903): 419-26.

Watson, Elbert L. "Dixon Hall Lewis." In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 45-48. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.

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