William Lee D. Ewing
|William Lee D. Ewing|
|United States Senator
December 30, 1835 – March 3, 1837
|Preceded by||Elias Kane|
|Succeeded by||Richard M. Young|
|5th Governor of Illinois|
November 17, 1834 – December 3, 1834
|Preceded by||John Reynolds|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Duncan|
|5th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|
March 1, 1833 – December 5, 1834
|Preceded by||Zadok Casey|
|Member of the Illinois Senate|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives|
August 31, 1795|
|Died||March 25, 1846
|Battles/wars||Black Hawk War|
Ewing was born in Paris, Kentucky and practiced law in Shawneetown, Illinois. James Monroe appointed him to be a land office receiver in Vandalia in 1820. He served as a Colonel of the "Spy Battalion" during the Black Hawk War. In 1830, he was elected to serve in the state House of Representatives as Speaker. He had previously been the clerk of the House. From 1832 to 1834, he was a State Senator, serving as President pro tempore of the State Senate in 1832. In 1833, he was also named acting Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and served as Governor of Illinois for fourteen days in 1834, the shortest gubernatorial term in Illinois history.
Upon the death of Elias Kane in 1835, Ewing was appointed by Joseph Duncan to serve out the rest of Kane's term in the U.S. Senate. In 1838 he was appointed Commissioner to adjust the claims of mixed-bloods and traders at Fort Snelling for the Dakota under the 1837 Dakota treaty. His re-election campaign was unsuccessful and he returned to the Illinois State House, becoming Speaker of the House again. He died in Springfield, Illinois, and although some claim he is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, the cemetery itself has no record of this.
- Ford, Thomas. A History of Illinois, from its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847. Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., 1854, 143. Google Books, 19 June 2010, .
- Maxwell, Scott (2002-07-20). "William Lee Davidson Ewing". Find a Grave. Find a Grave.com. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
- Hucke, Matt (2004). "Grave Sites of Illinois Senators". Graveyards of Chicago. Graveyards.com. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
- United States Congress. "William Lee D. Ewing (id: E000283)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
|Governor of Illinois
|Illinois Auditor of Public Accounts
Thomas H. Campbell
|United States Senate|
Elias K. Kane
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: John M. Robinson
Richard M. Young