(1754–1844) Revolutionary War officer, born in New York City. Lewis served as chief of staff to Gen. Horatio Gates and received the surrender of the British army at Saratoga (1777). He later participated in expeditions to the Mohawk Valley (1778) and against Crown Point (1780), following which he served as assistant quartermaster general until the end of the war. During the War of 1812 he served as quartermaster general. Between the wars Lewis had an active political life in his native New York, serving in the state assembly, as state attorney general, as chief justice of the state supreme court, and as governor.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.