Big man in Congress,, part 2

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As we saw last week, Dixon Hall Lewis served almost two decades in Congress: more than 15 years in the House of Representatives and four-and-a-half years in the Senate.

A states’ rights Democrat, Lewis was a powerful legislator during his Congressional tenure. He was also a wealthy slave-owning planter who lived on land that the U.S. government had forced Creek Indians to cede after the War of 1812.

He had moved to Alabama shortly after it entered the Union in 1819. He and another new arrival who also became an attorney, Benjamin Fitzpatrick, married sisters from the locally prominent Elmore f...


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