Richard Henry Lewis, Sr., Papers, 1843-1893

Manuscript Collection #190

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Richard Henry Lewis, Sr., Papers
    Creator: Lewis, Richard Henry, 1832-1917
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection includes a copy of a typescript of the autobiographical sketch written in 1893 by Eastern North Carolina physician and educator Richard Henry Lewis, Sr. (1832-1917). It refers to important family history in his background and describes important events in his life up until 1893.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 1 volume, typescript
  • Description

    This volume recounts some of the family history of Mr. Lewis on both parent's sides and the salient events in Lewis' own life up to 1893.

    Lewis' maternal great-great grandfather was Elisha Battle (b. 1720, d. d. 1799) who was a state legislator, representative at various conventions during and after the American Revolution, and chairman of the Committee of the Whole at the State Convention on the Federal Constitution.

    His paternal great-grandfather was Col. Exum Lewis, a commander of a regiment during the American Revolution.

    Members of both sides of the family were prominent in the law, business and medical fields.

    Lewis' father, John Wesley Lewis, was a doctor who practiced in Edgecombe County, Raleigh and Warrenton. He died in 1843 in Raleigh leaving Mrs. Lewis to care for the family of six children.

    Lewis attended a Mr. Lovejoy's military school in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Department. He describes life at all of these.

    He mentions matters of interest in his youth such as militia musters and the visits of Henry Clay in 1843 and Daniel Webster in 1846 to Raleigh. He also mentions the Millerite ascension of 1843 or 1844 when the Millerites stood in the street waiting for the second coming.

    Lewis taught and practiced medicine before the Civil War. He was also a militia captain. Prior to the outbreak of hostilities he had a disagreement with Gov. Ellis who apparently wanted him court-martialled, but was dissuaded by Col. D. H. Hill and other officers. Illness kept Lewis out of the war with a partial loss of sight which he later recovered.

    Lewis subsequently returned to teaching and taught in Henderson County, Wake County, Kinston, and Hendersonville. He was president of Kinston College and briefly of Judson College in Hendersonville.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    December 16, 1971, 1 volume. Copy of autobiographical sketch written in 1893. Gift of McDaniel Lewis, Greensboro, N. C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of McDaniel Lewis

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Richard Henry Lewis, Sr., Papers (#190), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by J. Robinson, April 1979

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