Lewis, Orme, 1903-

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Prominent Arizona lawyer and businessman.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1989. (Scottsdale Public Library). WorldCat record id: 24056548


From the description of Reminiscences of Orme Lewis : oral history, 1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527577

Phoenix lawyer.

Orme Lewis, born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1903, attended school in Globe and Phoenix, eventually graduating from Phoenix Union High School. He received his law degree from George Washington University in 1926. Returning to Phoenix he began to practice law which he continues to do. In 1946, he and Paul Roca began the Lewis and Roca law firm. Lewis served in the Arizona State Legislature, 1929-1930, and as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department on the Interior, 1953-1955. He is a member of several bar associations, an active supporter of the Republican Party, and has contributed to the growth and appreciation of art in Phoenix.

From the description of An interview with Orme Lewis, Sr. : cassettes and transcript, April 19, 1982 / by Kristina Minister ; sponsored by the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. c1984. (Scottsdale Public Library). WorldCat record id: 19548356

Orme Lewis was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 7, 1903. He earned his law degree from George Washington University in 1926. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in the same year, he began practicing law in Phoenix. During his active career he was involved in business, politics, and public service. Through partnerships in various law firms as well as in private practice, he established a solid reputation in the legal profession. In 1950 he became a partner in the prominent firm of Lewis and Roca. He was also a member of the California State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. Lewis served in the Arizona State Legislature from 1929 to 1930 and was U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary during the first Eisenhower Administration (1953-1955). Along with others, he helped establish the Republican Party as a viable force in Arizona politics. He served as Chairman of the Republican National Convention's Arizona delegation in 1948. He was an ardent supporter of Arizona's Barry Goldwater during the latter's campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the Presidency.

Active in civic affairs, Orme Lewis was a past president of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Jaycees. He was also on the administrative boards of various organizations, including the Phoenix Country Club and the Heard Museum. Orme Lewis died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 1990. He was survived by his wife, Margarethe Hilgard Tittmann Greene Lewis, and son, Orme Lewis Jr.

From the guide to the Orme Lewis Papers, 1930s-1980s, (Arizona State University Libraries Arizona Collection)

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associatedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Arizona Regional Medical Program. Advisory Group. corporateBody
associatedWith Creighton, Robert, 1910- person
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
associatedWith First Interstate Bank of Arizona. corporateBody
associatedWith Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909- person
associatedWith John W. Galbreath Development Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Lewis and Roca. corporateBody
associatedWith Minister, Kristina. person
associatedWith Phoenix Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Phoenix Indian Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Soapes, Thomas, person
associatedWith St. Luke's Hospital (Phoenix, Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Interior. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Park Service. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Phoenix (Ariz.)
United States
Papago Freeway Park (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Government executives--Interviews
Art patronage
Real property
Real Estate Business


Birth 1903



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