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LEWIS, Alonzo, poet, born in Lynn, Massachusetts, 28 August, 1794; died there, 21 January, 1861. He was educated at the school and academy of his native town, where he became a teacher. For many years he was a justice of the peace, and also a civil engineer. He edited a newspaper, constructed a map and directory of the town, and wrote several poems, whose subjects were drawn from ocean scenery and Indian legends, he was known as "The Lynn Bard," and Nathaniel P. Willis said, "He is a poet in all his lookings, doings, sayings, and dreamings. He was the author of "Forest Flowers and Sea Shells," which went through ten editions (Boston, 1831), and "History of Lynn" (1829, 2d ed., including Nahant, 1844, new ed., with additions by James R. Newhall, Boston, 1865).
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