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LEWIS, Burwell Boykin

1838–1885

Biography

LEWIS, Burwell Boykin, a Representative from Alabama; born in Montgomery, Ala., July 7, 1838; moved with his parents to Mobile, Ala.; after the death of his parents lived with an uncle in Montevallo, Shelby County, Ala.; attended a private school; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1857; studied law in Selma, Ala.; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Montevallo; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army and attained the rank of captain of the Second Alabama Cavalry; member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872; moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1872 and engaged in the iron and coal business; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1879, to October 1, 1880, when he resigned to accept the presidency of the University of Alabama; served in this capacity until his death in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on October 11, 1885; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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: 1870-1876. 18 letters. Personal correspondence.
Papers: In the Edward H. Moren papers, 1841-1887, 0.4 cubic foot. Persons represented include Burwell Boykin Lewis.
Papers: In the Orderly book, 1862-1863, 1 item. Persons represented include Burwell Boykin Lewis.

Duke University Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1843-1894, 687 items. The papers include family correspondence of Burwell Boykin Lewis and of his wife's family, the Garlands.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1862, 2 items. A letter, 1862, from Burwell Boykin Lewis, Camp Lee (near Pollard, Ala.), Confederate officer from Alabama, to his wife, concerning the capture of a Union spy, B. Colvin, in Florida, and other matters; and a seventeen-page biographical sketch, written by Lewis's daughter, Caroline Lewis Montgomery, of Lewis, member of Congress from Alabama and president of the University of Alabama in the years after the Civil War.
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