Oren Ritter Lewis Edit Profile
Student, Hanover College, 1924; Bachelor of Laws, George Washington University, 1939.
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.
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.
Married Grace M. Wells, August 12, 1925. Children: Oren Ritter, Robert Wells.