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Weston Lewis
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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1868-1879. Born 1834 in Hingham, MA; died 1893 in East Pasadena, CA. Businessman and civil servant. A member of one of the oldest and respected families in Hingham, Weston Lewis began his business career in Boston at age sixteen and founded the dry goods company of Lewis, Brown & Company in 1860. Following his retirement from his company and resignation from the Board of Arbitration, he served as president of the Manufacturers' National Bank which prospered during his four-year tenure. Weston Lewis was a dutiful citizen: concurrent to his service on the Library's Board of Trustees, he was elected several terms to the Common Council, served as inspector of State prisons and later of State charities under Governor Washburn and was appointed by Mayor Gaston as one of the commissioners reporting on the annexation of Dorchester, West Roxbury and Charlestown by Boston. He would later become a member of the Board of Aldermen from the Eighth District and serve on many important committees. Weston Lewis participated in and supported a number of religious, philanthropic and literary movements, and was a founder of the Unitarian Club and of the Boston Merchants' Association. His passing was unexpected and many tributes were made in his memory by his associates in business and government.

Sources:

Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Boston: Boston History Company, 1894.

Wadlin, Horace G. The Public Library of the City of Boston: A History. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1911.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston Public Library: A Centennial History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956.

Illustration: "Weston Lewis", J.A.J. Wilcox engraving appearing in Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, vol. II, between pages 392-393.