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Lewis was an officer in the American Revolution, a County magistrate, surveyor, and a Sheriff. In 1744 he inherited his grandfather Nicholas Meriwether's Charlottesville estate, "The Farm," which is now known as the Nicholas Lewis House. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Lewis was entrusted with keeping Jefferson's farms while he was minister to Paris.
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- Print: Looking Back, Vera V. Via, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 6, 1960, Page 28.