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Oren Ritter Lewis, American judge. Bar: Virginia 1939. County and district chairman Republican Party, 1932-1958. With United States Navy, World War I. Member American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Arlington County Bar Association (president), Judicial Council United States, National Lawyers Club, Masons (32 degree), Shriners, Kiwanis (president, lieutenant governor), Washington Golf and Country.

Background

Lewis, Oren Ritter was born on October 7, 1902 in Seymour, Indiana, United States. Son of Jno M. and Emma A. (Crabb) Lewis.

Education

Student, Hanover College, 1924. Bachelor of Laws, George Washington University, 1939.

Career

Born in Seymour, Indiana, Lewis received an LL.B. from George Washington University Law School in 1939. He was in private practice in Arlington County, Virginia from 1940 to 1960. Lewis was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 31, 1960, and received his commission the same day.

He assumed senior status on January 1, 1974. He served in that capacity until his death, in 1983, in Arlington, Virginia. Judge Lewis authored the opinion on school desegregation in Virginia which was a basis for the 1954 landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Brown v.

Board of Education.

Achievements

  • Bar: Virginia 1939.

Religion

On March 21, 1960, Lewis was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by C. Sterling Hutcheson.

Membership

County and district chairman Republican Party, 1932-1958. With United States Navy, World War I. Member American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Arlington County Bar Association (president), Judicial Council United States, National Lawyers Club, Masons (32 degree), Shriners, Kiwanis (president, lieutenant governor), Washington Golf and Country.

Connections

Married Grace M. Wells, August 12, 1925. Children: Oren Ritter, Robert Wells.

father:
Jno M. Lewis

mother:
Emma A. (Crabb) Lewis

spouse:
Grace M. Wells

child:
Oren Ritter Lewis

child:
Robert Wells Lewis