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EWING, William Lee Davidson, senator, born in 1795; died in Ohio, 25 March 1846. He received an academic education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice. He became receiver of public moneys for the district of Vandalia in 1825, and in 1826'7 was U. S. surveyor of public lands and general of state militia. He served as major of the "Spy battalion" in the Black Hawk war in 1832, became a member of the state senate in that year, and was its speaker in 1834, acting as governor from 15 November till 9 Dec. On 29 December 1835, he was chosen to the U. S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elias K. Kane, and he served till 4 March 1837. He was speaker of the state House of Representatives in 1840, and in 1843 was chosen state auditor, which office he held until his death.
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