Ben H. Lewis

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Ben H. Lewis
13th Mayor of Riverside, California
In office
January 1, 1965 – December 31, 1978
Preceded by Edward V. Dales
Succeeded by Ab Brown
Personal details
Born November 27, 1902
Riverside, California, United States
Died June 20, 1985(1985-06-20) (aged 82)
Riverside, California, United States
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Catherine Wasilchen
Children 2
Residence Riverside, California
Alma mater Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles[1]
Profession Real estate title insurance, commercial artist, actor

Ben H. Lewis (November 27, 1902 – June 20, 1985) was the thirteenth mayor of Riverside, California, United States. Prior to the office of mayor, Lewis was the president of the United Title Guaranty Company, later known as the Land Title Company, of Riverside. The main hall at the Riverside Convention Center is named in his honor, as well as a bridge on Mount Rubidoux.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was the son of D. W. Lewis and Edith Binks. His father organized several land title insurance companies in Riverside, Orange, and Imperial Counties. Later, Lewis became the president and owner of the Riverside-based Land Title Company.

After attending high school in Riverside, Lewis attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He subsequently became a commercial artist, made animated cartoons, and contracted with Universal Studios, where he appeared in several films. Upon returning to Riverside, Lewis began his career in the land title industry. He was also active in many community and fraternal organizations, as well as president of the Riverside Community Players, a local theatrical group.[1]

His wife died in March 2009, at age 101.[2]

Political career[edit]

Office Held Took Office Left Office
Mayor of Riverside January 1, 1965 December 31, 1978

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Paul, page 269.
  2. ^ Inland News Today, "Memorial set for Kitti Lewis, widow of former mayor" Inland News Today, 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2010-11-07.


  • Paul, Arthur G. Riverside Community Book, A. H. Cawston, Riverside, California, 1954.

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