Lewis, Dixon Hall, 1802-1848

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Dates:
Birth 1802-08-10
Death 1848-10-25

Biographical notes:

U.S. senator and representative of Alabama.

From the description of Letters of Dixon Hall Lewis, 1842. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014931

U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.

From the description of Letters, 1838. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 36200176

Politician Dixon H. Lewis (1802-1848) graduated from South Carolina College in 1820, and then moved to Autauga County, Alabama where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823. He practiced law in Montgomery and was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828. In 1829, Lewis was elected to the U. S. House of Representative as a States Rights Democrat a position he held until 1844. Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick then appointed Lewis to a vacant Senate seat, which he held until his death in 1848. Lewis is best known as the heaviest member in Congressional history, weighing as much as 500 pounds.

Source:

LEWIS, Dixon Hall, (1802-1848). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 7, 2011.

From the guide to the Lewis, Dixon H. Papers, 1833-1865, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Politician Dixon H. Lewis (1802-1848) graduated from South Carolina College in 1820, and then moved to Autauga County, Alabama where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1823.

He practiced law in Montgomery and was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives from 1826 to 1828. In 1829, Lewis was elected to the U. S. House of Representative as a States Rights Democrat a position he held until 1844. Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick then appointed Lewis to a vacant Senate seat, which he held until his death in 1848. Lewis is best known as the heaviest member in Congressional history, weighing as much as 500 pounds.

From the description of Lewis, Dixon H., Papers, 1833-1865 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 760090026

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Subjects:

  • Statesmen
  • Statesmen--Alabama

Occupations:

  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Alabama
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--Alabama

Places:

  • Alabama (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Alabama (as recorded)