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LEWIS, Samuel, educator, born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, 17 March, 1799; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 July, 1854. In his youth he made several voyages as cabin-boy with his father, who was captain of a coasting vessel. The family removed to Ohio in 1813, the father and his five sons walking from Falmouth to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Samuel was successively a farm laborer, mail carrier, and carpenter, and at twenty years of age obtained a place in the clerk's office of the Hamilton county court. He was admitted to the bar three years afterward, and in 1824 was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist church. He aided efficiently in forming the Western college for teachers in 1831, was active in promoting common school education in Ohio, and in 1837 he was elected by the legislature superintendent of schools. His measures for the improvement of educational systems were adopted. He was reappointed a second term, and became at the same time editor of the "Common School Director," but the failure of his health compelled his resignation of both offices. From 1841 till his death he was the favorite candidate of the Anti-Slavery party for the state senate, for congress, and for governor. He was zealous in the cause of temperance and kindred reforms, and to his efforts were due the founding of Woodward school, and Hughes high school in Cincinnati.
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