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Lewis, William S.

William S. Lewis is a practicing attorney in Spokane and is the author of various historical articles pertaining to eastern Washington. He was born at Hamden, Delaware county, New York, July 21, 1876, and in 1884 came to the west with his parents, William A. and Fannie B. (Shaw) Lewis who in that year brought their family to Washington. William S. Lewis, then a lad of eight years, entered the public schools here and passed through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school. He afterward became a pupil in the Leland Stanford Junior University of California, where he pursued the study of law and following his return to Washington was admitted to practice before the bar of this state in 1898. He has since followed his profession and is now associated with his brother, Marshall L. Lewis. They have been accorded a good clientage, which is indicative of the fact that their work in the courts is satisfactory to those who employ them. They are careful and painstaking in the preparation of cases, and strong argument and logical deduction are features in the presentation of their causes before court or jury.
On the 16th of January, 1911, William S. Lewis was united in marriage to Miss Hildegarde J. Johannessen, a daughter of Carl J. Johannessen, of this city. Mr. Lewis is a man of considerable literary ability, as is evidenced by the historical articles which he has written pertaining to the history of eastern Washington. In politics he has always been a. republican and is now allied with the progressive wing of the party, but has never been a candidate for office, preferring the retirement of private life to the publicity of the political field.

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