Rensselaer Morse Lewis

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Rensselaer Morse Lewis (November 9, 1820 - December 16, 1888) was an American merchant from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who served a single one-year term in 1873 as a Liberal Reform Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.[1]

Background[edit]

Lewis was born November 9, 1820 in Morrisville, New York. He received an academic education and became a grain merchant and wholesaler. In 1853 he came to Wisconsin, settling in Fond du Lac. From 1867-1869 he served as postmaster of that city.

Legislative service[edit]

In 1872, he was elected to the 2nd Fond du Lac County Assembly district (consisting of the City of Fond du Lac itself, and the Towns of Fond du Lac, Lamartine and Oakfield as a candidate of the newly formed Reform Party, with 1,754 votes to 1,725 for Republican incumbent Elihu Colman. Lewis was assigned to the standing committees on ways and means, and on engrossed bills.[2]

He was not a candidate for re-election in 1874, and was succeeded by Democrat Thomas Weeks (the Reform Party had no candidate in the 1873 race).

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