Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis
Born (1713-03-21)March 21, 1713
Llangurig, Powys, Wales
Died December 31, 1802(1802-12-31) (aged 89)
Resting place Trinity Church Cemetery, New York City
Occupation Merchant, politician
Known for signer of the United States Declaration of Independence

Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 31, 1802) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York.

Born in

External links

  1. ^ Williams, Prof. David. Welsh Biography Online. "Francis Lewis (1713–1802)" National Library of Wales (2009) Accessed May 13, 2013. [2]
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  3. ^ Francis Lewis' descendants want tribute to Queens signer of Declaration of Independence, New York Daily News, on-line, July 3, 2011, retrieved July 3, 2011


In Queens, New York, Francis Lewis High School and P.S. 79 "The Francis Lewis School" are named for Lewis. There is also Francis Lewis Boulevard, which locals tend to refer to as "Franny Lew," stretching almost the entire north/south length of the borough, as well as Francis Lewis Park, which is located underneath the Queens approach of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge. A Masonic Lodge, Francis Lewis #273, is also located in Whitestone

Francis Lewis's great-grandson, Manning Livingston, died at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. He also has many great relatives stretching all the way to Oregon. His great-great-great grandson was Hollywood director William A. Wellman, and his great-granddaughter was author and actress Anna Cora Mowatt.

Grave of Francis Lewis at Trinity Church Cemetery.


His son Morgan Lewis served in the army during the Revolutionary War and later held many offices in New York State, including Governor.

His home, located in Whitestone, in Queens, New York, was destroyed in the American Revolutionary War by British soldiers, who also arrested his wife and denied her a change of clothing or adequate food for weeks while in captivity.[2][3]

He was a member of the Committee of Sixty, a member of the New York Provincial Congress, and was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775. In 1778, he signed the United States Articles of Confederation. From 1779 to 1780, Lewis served as the Chairman of the Continental Board of Admiralty.

, he became active in politics. America while serving as a British mercantile agent in 1756. On his return to France in 1734. He was taken prisoner and shipped in a box to New York, Whitestone, then moved to London. He entered a mercantile house in England in Westminster School and attended Scotland He was educated in [1]