LEWIS, James Hamilton, American legis lator: b. Danville, Va., 18 May 1866. He re moved to Augusta, Ga., was educated at Hough ton College and at the University of Virginia. He studied law at Savannah and was admitted to the bar in 1884. In 1886 he removed to Seattle, Wash., and there established a law practice. He was elected to the Territorial senate and in 1890 declined the nomination for Congress. He was candidate for governor in 1892, hut was defeated. He was unsuccessful as candidate for the United States Senate in 1894. At the Democratic National Convention of 1896 he was the Washington State candidate for the vice-presidential nomination. He was elected to the 55th Congress (1897-99) as congressman-at-large. He was the author of a resolution for the recognition by the United States of the independence of Cuba. In 1900 he was again a candidate for the Vice-Presi dency at the Democratic National Convention at Kansas City, being endorsed by the Pacific Coast States. He served on the staff of Gen. F. D. Grant in the Spanish-American War, in Cuba in 1898. In 1903 he was credited to the
Joint High Commission on Canadian and Alaskan Boundaries at London and also served as United States commissioner to regulate the customs laws between the Dominion of Canada and northwestern United States. In 1903 he removed to Chicago and in 1905-07 was cor poration counsel of that city. In 1908 he was Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois, but was defeated by Dineen. He was elected to the Senate of the United States in 1912 for the term 1913-19. He served as United States commissioner representing the United States Senate at London to execute treaty laws for safety at sea. He was chosen Democratic "whip)) of the Senate and as such rendered efficient support to the Wilson administration. He has written 'Handbook on Election Laws,' with A. H. Putney (1912) ; 'Constitutions, Statutes and their Construction' ; 'Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States' (1913) ; 'History of International Law.'