|Born||April 4, 1824
New York City, New York
|Died||October 2, 1897
|Known for||Partner in Allen & Ginter|
Major Lewis Ginter (1824 – October 1, 1897) was a prominent businessman, army officer, hotel developer and philanthropist in Richmond, Virginia. He was of Dutch ancestry and was born Lewis Guenther in New York City, New York.
Ginter moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 1842. He had a number of careers, arguably making and losing a fortune three times. Ginter amassed a great fortune in the tobacco industry via new technology for rolling cigarettes. He used this massive fortune to act as a philanthropist and for the development of civic and business interests in Richmond. He developed the neighborhood Ginter Park and brought the Union Theological Seminary there. His niece Grace Arents continued his philanthropy, spurring the development of St. Andrew's School,[disambiguation needed] the Instructional Visiting Nurse Association and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at her home Bloemendaal.
Hired on to the John Allen & Co, he became a partner of the Allen and Ginter tobacco company that ushered in a number of innovations including cigarette cards and the use of local Virginia tobacco. In 1890 Ginter's company joined forces with James B. Duke to form the American Tobacco Co..