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Lewis, Lawrence L.

By dint of unremitting application, always bearing in mind the remote goal to which he was tending, Lawrence L. Lewis has patiently mounted the ladder round upon round until he stands today a recognized factor in western educational circles, and a prominent member of the Idaho bar. A native of Illinios [sic], he was born in Marion, Williamson county, November 80, 1870, his parents being William T., and Anne Ary (Howell) Lewis. After the usual grammar and high-school education he attended Valparaiso University, at Valparaiso, Indiana, and was graduated from that institution in 1894, receiving the degree of B. S. He then entered the teaching profession accepting the position of principal of the high school in his native town, and remained there one year, returning to Valparaiso University for post-graduate study, remaining until January 1, 1896. He then departed for the west, arriving in Heppner, Oregon, on April 18, 1896, and made his residence in that locality during the summer of that year. Being elected to' the position of superintendent of schools in Pendleton, Oregon, he removed thither, teaching school during the ensuing year. By this time Mr. Lewis had already established for himself the reputation of being a progressive educator, well prepared for his work and energetic and determined in the execution of his duties, and was thereupon called to take the chair at the head of the science department in the Eastern Oregon State Normal school at Weston, Oregon. This position he filled with much credit to himself and to the permanent benefit of the school, since his liberal policy in the organization of the department of science and the thoroughly modern equipment which he was largely instrumental in securing, have advanced the reputation of the school in no small degree.
From the time when he made his earliest plans in regard to the future Mr. Lewis had in mind ultimately to enter the law as his profession, and being at length prepared to gratify his desire, he left Weston, Oregon, and entered the law school of the University of Michigan in the fall of 1899, receiving his degree of LL. B. in 1902. He then returned to the west where his services in the educational field were again needed, and in 1908 he founded the high school at Canyon City, Grant county, Oregon, teaching there during the years 1908-4 and 1904-5. He holds a life diploma as a teacher from the state of Oregon, and is vitally interested in the problems of modern education and the development of the school system in the state of his adoption. In February, 1906, he took up the practice of law, beginning his career in Baker City, Oregon. On July 8th, of the same year, he came to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he opened a law office and established a practice which has been steadily increasing in scope and importance. In 1907 he was appointed by United States District Judge Frank S. Dietrich the referee in bankruptcy for the county of Kootenai, state of Idaho. Mr. Lewis, who is a member of the bar of the supreme courts of Michigan, Oregon and Idaho, and also of the United States courts, has built up his reputation in the law by his conscientious regard for the ethics of his profession quite as much as by his excellent handling of the cases entrusted to him and his vigilance in safeguarding the interests of his clients.
In his political views Mr. Lewis is a conservative, being a republican of the old school, and in fraternal circles he is connected with the Masonic order, holding membership in Weston Lodge No. 65, F. & A. M., Weston, Oregon, and Blue Mountain Chapter, No. 7, R. A. M., of Canyon City, Oregon. He is also identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows through Weston Lodge No. 58. As one of the prominent residents of Coeur d'Alene he takes an active interest in the civic welfare of his community and also in the advancement of its commercial growth, supporting financially and with his encouragement every measure that will contribute to the public good.

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