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Dixon Hall Lewis Letters

Identifier: MSS-0855

Scope and Contents

Letters of recommendation for appointments to the office of Secretary of the Navy.


  • 1838 - 1844

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Biographical / Historical

Lewis (1802-48) was born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia but moved to Georgia with his parents in 1806. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1820 and moved to Autauga County, Alabama, the same year,. He studied law and was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1823, establishing a practice in Montgomery. His state political career began in 1826, when he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives. He moved to the national political arena in 1828 with his election to the U.S. Congress. He served six full terms and part of a seventh (1829-44), resigning his seat upon apppointment to the U.S. Senate to complete the term of William R. King. He was subseqently relected to the Senate in 1847 but died in office the following year on 25 October.


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Language of Materials



Letters of recommendation for appointments to the office of Secretary of the Navy.
Guide to Dixon Hall Lewis Letters
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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