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Biography of Dr. Augustus Lewis

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DR. AUGUSTUS LEWIS was born May. 15, 1839, in Trigg County, Ky. His parents were Leonard and Lydia (Withers) Lewis. The father was a native of Virginia; born July 4, 1796. He was a farmer and taught in public schools for thirty years. He came to Kentucky in 1818, and cast the first Republican vote over cast in Muhlenburg County. It was for Gen. Fremont, in 1856. His death occurred October 13, 1881. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since 1848. The mother was a native of Kentucky; born December 15, 1815; she is still living with powers of mind and body well pre-served. She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more than forty years.. Our subject began for himself at the age of eighteen, by teaching school; this continued four years, and the latter three of these four he studied medicine at the same time. He enlisted in the United States Army in the Eleventh Kentucky Infantry in 1861; he served as Sergeant three years. He took part in battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, in the Atlanta campaign and with Sherman in his _rand march to the sea. He was in all the engagements of the Twenty-third Army Corps, under Schofield. He was on duty every day from the commencement of the Atlanta campaign until the coast was reached at Savannah. His discharge dates December 16, 1864, having served three years, three months and sixteen days. He received a severe wound in the right cheek, at the battle of Murfreesboro, and was disabled three months from the wound. He had typhoid fever in 1862, lasting two months, which caused, him to miss the battle of Shiloh; he refused pro-motion twice, that of Sergeant-Major, also of Hospital Steward of the regiment. He often assisted in amputating, dressing and caring for the wounded. On returning, he began the practice of medicine in Christian County. After two years he went to Muhlenburg, and practiced two years. Since that time he has been actively engaged in the practice near Kirkmansville. He has been quite successful in business; he now owns a farm of 160 acres, and still continues in the practice of his chosen profession. Dr. Lewis attended the Nashville Medical College, and graduated therefrom in the class of 1879. He was married November 8, 1865, to Miss Sarah C., daughter of Francis and Mary (Mullens) King, natives of Tennessee. Mr. King died in Novenber 1873, aged sixty-three. Mrs. King died in September, 1881, aged sixty-five; both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Doctor’s children are: Henry C., Frelinghuysen, Erasmus E. and Frances; both parents and two of the children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic order.


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