Monday, October 18, 2010

Obituary of Philip H. Lewis 1973

Did you know that a local attorney was the mayor of a French village for six months following the Armistice of WWI?  Born November 19,1889 Philip H. Lewis, the son of Edwin M. and Anna Black Lewis was a life-long resident of Lawrence County. After graduating from LTHS, he attended U of I and received his  law degree from Northwestern University in 1913.

He first practiced law in Rockford for a short time before being called into duty with the National Guards in the Mexican Border War.  Immediately thereafter, he entered WWI as a second lieutenant, spent most of his service time overseas, and was discharged as a first lieutenant. It was there in France that he was appointed mayor of a French village. 

In 1919 he opened a private law practice in Lawrenceville, and soon formed a partnership with Ben O. Sumner, known as Sumner and Lewis Law Firm which continued until Sumner's death.  Lewis then operated the law office alone until Samuel Taylor became his associate in 1967. 

An avid Democrat, Mr. Lewis served as State's Attorney from 1924 until 1930 and as County Judge two terms. He was also instrumental in the organization of the first Public Library in Lawrenceville.