LEWIS, Elijah Banks, (1854 - 1920)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

LEWIS, Elijah Banks, a Representative from Georgia; born in Coney, Dooly County, Ga., March 27, 1854; attended the common schools of Dooly and Macon Counties, Spalding Seminary, Spalding, Ga., and a business school in Macon, Ga.; moved to Montezuma, Macon County, Ga., in 1871 and engaged in banking and mercantile pursuits; member of the State senate in 1894 and 1895; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; engaged in his former business activities until his death in Montezuma, Ga., on December 10, 1920; interment in Felton Cemetery.