David P. Lewis

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David P. Lewis
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23rd Governor of Alabama
In office
November 17, 1872 – November 24, 1874
LieutenantAlexander McKinstry
Preceded byRobert B. Lindsay
Succeeded byGeorge S. Houston
Deputy from Alabama
to the Provisional Congress
of the Confederate States
In office
February 4, 1861 – April 29, 1861
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byNicholas Davis Jr.
Personal details
David Peter Lewis

c. 1820
Charlotte County, Virginia
DiedJuly 3, 1884(1884-07-03) (aged 63–64)
Huntsville, Alabama
Resting placeMaple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama
Political partyRepublican
Other political

David P. Lewis (born David Peter Lewis; c. 1820 – July 3, 1884) was an American politician who served as the 23rd Governor of Alabama from 1872 to 1874.[1] He was also a Deputy from Alabama to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, serving from February until April 1861, when he resigned from office.[2]


In 1861, David P. Lewis was a Deputy to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, representing the state of Alabama.[2] In 1868, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1869, he joined the Republican Party. As a well-known North Alabama Unionist who nevertheless did support the Confederacy, he was an attractive candidate for governor and won decisively over Democrat Thomas Herndon. The 1872 election was highly controversial and conflicting election returns resulted in the seating of two different legislatures controlled by each party. During his term unsuccessful attempts were made to pass civil rights legislation which would have barred discrimination on common carriers and in hotels, schools, and theaters. The impact of the Panic of 1873 as well as the civil rights controversies led to Lewis' defeat in 1874. Lewis later unsuccessfully sought an appointment to the federal bench. Disillusioned by politics, he returned to the practice of law in Huntsville, where he is interred at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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  1. ^ Wiggins, Sarah Woolfolk (2014). "David P. Lewis". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation.
  2. ^ a b Root, Elihu, ed. (1904). Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865. 1. Washington: Government Printing Office. p. 159. LCCN 05012700.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
William Hugh Smith
Republican nominee for Governor of Alabama
1872, 1874
Succeeded by
Noadiah Woodruff
Political offices
New constituency Deputy from Alabama to the
Provisional Congress of the Confederate States

Succeeded by
Nicholas Davis Jr.
Preceded by
Robert B. Lindsay
Governor of Alabama
Succeeded by
George S. Houston