Francis Lewis

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
New York, New York May 15, 2011 28th Visited


Many figures from America's early                                             No one knows the precise location of the
history rest eternally at Trinity                                                   patriot's grave, but he is buried not too far
Church, including Francis Lewis,                                                from the marker in the middle of this
who signed the Declaration of                                                   photograph.


Lewis was one of four delegates from New                                  Francis Lewis was one of the few people
York that attached their monikers to the                                     who signed the document that were not
Declaration of Independence in the name                                   born in any of the Thirteen Colonies.
of freedom.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Though he was from Wales originally, Francis Lewis cared about his adopted home so much that he was willing to give his life for it, a statement that he proved in 1776. Lewis was born sixty-three years prior to that, in March of 1713. By the time Lewis was five years old he had lost both of his parents, leaving him to be raised by an aunt. He later spent time in both Scotland and England, attending Westminster School while he was in the latter country.

* After he received an education, Lewis entered the mercantile business, working in a counting room in London. Later, the young man left Europe and set sail for North America, arriving in New York City in either 1734 or 1735.

* When he came to what would later become the USA, Lewis continued to pursue a career in the mercantile business. The highlight of his time as a merchant came during the French and Indian War, when he was taken captive by the enemy. Lewis worked during the conflict to provide the British soldiers with supplies, and was at Fort Oswego in 1756 when it was conquered by the French. Lewis was made a prisoner and shipped to France, where he spent a bit of time. He was eventually released and returned home.

* It was after his release by the French that Lewis began to take a role in politics. In 1775, he became a member of the New York Provincial Congress. In the same calendar year, he was elected to serve in the Continental Congress and signed the most famous document created by that body in 1776. The New Yorker was also a signatory of the Articles of Confederation.

* The American Revolution, though great for the Thirteen Colonies, took a heavy toll on Francis Lewis personally. In 1775, his home on Long Island was ransacked by the British, who destroyed the patriot's collection of books and papers. They also captured his wife, keeping her prisoner for a long period of time. She was not even provided with a bed to sleep on. She was eventually released, but her time as a captive was too much of a strain on her emotionally and physically, and she died shortly after. Lewis himself passed away in 1803.

Spouse: Elizabeth Annesley Lewis (      -1777)

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