Ellis Lewis Edit Profile
There he studied law with Espy Van Horne.
He served on the state's Supreme Court for six years, the last three as Chief Justice. Ellis Lewis was the youngest child of Major Eli and Pamela Lewis. After five years, he ran away and found work as a printer under an assumed name.
By 1818, he owned a newspaper in Williamsport, Lycoming County. He sold the newspaper in 1821, and was admitted to the bar in 1822. Lewis married Josephine Wallis in 1822.
Their oldest child, Juliet would become a poet and novelist, and marry James Hepburn Campbell, a lawyer and politician. In 1823, Lewis successfully supported John Andrew Shulze for Governor of Pennsylvania, and was appointed in 1824 Deputy Attorney General for Lycoming and Tioga Counties. That year a painful condition developed in his leg, and as of 1827, he was reappointed for Lycoming County only.
In 1827, surgery removed a necrosis from his tibia. While recovering, he resigned his position. and moved to Towanda, Bradford County. In 1832, Lewis was elected to the Pennsylvania House, as an Independent.
Early in 1833, he was appointed state Attorney General, without giving up his House seat. He resigned both positions when, late in 1833, he was appointed President Judge of the Eighth Judicial District. In 1843 he was appointed President Judge of the Second Judicial District.
In 1850, Pennsylvania amended its constitution to choose its Supreme Court members by election. Lewis was elected in 1851, and became Chief Justice in 1854. At the end of his term in 1857, he declined to run for re-election and retired, making his home in Philadelphia.
He died in 1871, and was buried at The Woodlands.
Married Josephine Wallis, November 21, 1822.