Lewis Dewart

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Lewis Dewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded bySee below
Succeeded bySee below
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1780-11-14)November 14, 1780
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 26, 1852(1852-04-26) (aged 71)
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Political partyJacksonian Democrat

Lewis Dewart (November 14, 1780 – April 26, 1852) was a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Lewis Dewart (father of William Lewis Dewart) was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He was a clerk in his father’s store for several years and later became a coal operator and banker. He served as postmaster at Sunbury from 1806 to 1816. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1812 to 1820. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1823 and served three years. He was one of the organizers and builders of the Danville & Pottsville Railroad, and served as one of the first directors.

Dewart was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress. He was again a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1835 to 1840 and served as speaker in 1840. He was chief burgess of Sunbury in 1837 and a member of the school board. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1841. He died in Sunbury in 1852 and was buried in Sunbury Cemetery.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Lewis Dewart (id: D000289)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alem Marr
Philander Stephens
James Ford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district


alongside: James Ford and Philander Stephens

Succeeded by
Henry A. P. Muhlenberg