Charles H. Lewis

Charles Hendrickson Lewis
38th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1925  January 10, 1927
Governor A. Victor Donahey
Preceded by Earl D. Bloom
Succeeded by Earl D. Bloom
Personal details
Born (1871-04-25)April 25, 1871
Wyandot County, Ohio
Died 1965 (aged 9394)
Harpster, Ohio
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Frances Evelyn Sears
Children one
Alma mater Ohio Northern University
Ohio Wesleyan University

Charles Hendrickson Lewis (April 25, 1871 1965) was an American politician who served as the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1925 to 1927.[1]


Charles Hendrickson Lewis was born April 25, 1871 at Egypt, Pitt Township, Wyandot County, Ohio. His father organized and was manager of the Harpster Bank in Harpster, Ohio. Charles' mother died when he was three years old, and he grew up in Harpster, attending the public schools.[2] He graduated from the music department of Ohio Northern University in 1889. He was a trustee of the university, and was awarded an honorary degree in 1927. He taught school for two years, and entered Ohio Wesleyan University. He graduated Bachelor of Science in 1895, and worked in his father's bank for thirty years until 1925.[2]

Lewis was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1924. At that time, Governor and Lieutenant were elected separately, and Lewis (a Republican) served with Democratic Governor A. Victor Donahey. They got along amicably, and Lewis represented the state at the inauguration of Calvin Coolidge in 1925. He was also dispatched to lead an official inspection of the locks and dams of the Ohio River.[2]

Lewis was president of the school board in Harpster for 25 years, and president of the county board of education for ten years. He also was president of the Lewis Bank and Trust Company in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and owned the company that published the Daily Union in Wyandot County. He farmed more than 1000 acres, raising Shorthorn cattle and Poland China Hogs.[2]

Lewis also ran Lewis Systems Inc., a research organization in Columbus, Ohio, and had more than seventy United States patents for treatment of polluted water.[2]

Lewis was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Phi Delta Theta, and Kiwanis. He was married June 30, 1896 to Frances E. Sears, who died in 1932. Their child died the day he was born.[2] Charles Lewis died in 1965, and is interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Upper Sandusky, Ohio with his wife.[3][4]


  1. "Lieutenant Governors Of The State Of Ohio: 1852 - Present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Fess, Simeon D., ed. (1937). Ohio, A four volume reference library on the History of a Great State. 5, Supplementary Biographical. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 5–7. OCLC 418516.
  3. Charles H. Lewis at Find a Grave
  4. Francis Evelyn Sears Lewis @ Findagrave
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl D. Bloom
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Earl D. Bloom
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