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A. J. Lewis

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 366-367.

A. J. Lewis, ex-sheriff of Milam county and present Mayor of the town of Cameron, was born in Wilcox county, Alabama, November 27, 1840. His parents were Andrew Jackson Lewis and Elizabeth, nee Keiser, the father a native of South Carolina and the mother a native of Alabama. The father was a volunteer in the Confederate army during the late war, served through the struggle and died just at the close, April, 1865, having attained the rank of Sergeant-Major of his regiment. The mother is still living, making her home in Cameron. But two children survive of their marriage: a daughter, Mrs. Amanda Bloxam, wife of Albert Bloxam of Grant parish, Louisiana and Andrew Jackson, the subject of this sketch. The latter was reared mainly in Choctaw county, his native State. December 19, 1872, he married Miss Mary R. Campbell, a daughter of Captain A. G. Campbell, of Choctaw county, and three years later, December 1875, came to Texas, settling in Milam county, where he engaged in farming. He resided on a farm in this county until January 1881, at which date he became Deputy Sheriff of the county under Wyatt Lipscomb, and served as such until November 1886. He was then elected Sheriff, and re-elected two years later, holding the office until November 1890, when he voluntarily retired from the office. April 1892, he was elected Mayor of Cameron, which office he still holds. As an officer Mr. Lewis has always give great satisfaction. He is a man of superior executive ability, being prompt, energetic, determined and self-reliant. His administration of the office of Sheriff of Milam county is spoken of by citizens of the county in terms of unqualified praise. As Mayor of Cameron he has given equal satisfaction, and measured by the demands of the office his administration of it has been equally successful. A Democrat from his boyhood up, he has at all times given to his party the best support of which he was capable. He has served as chairman of the executive committee of his county and as a member of his Congressional district. The Odd Fellows and Knights of Honor number him on their rolls as an efficient worker, and in all other things that concern the social and material welfare of the community in which he lives he stands ready to do the part of a good citizen.

January 19, 1890, Mr. Lewis lost his estimable wife, who died after having borne him a faithful companionship for nearly twenty years, the greater part of which time covered his early struggles. Three daughters and a son, together with the father, constitute the surviving members of the family.

We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Deshazer of Menifee, CA, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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