Nicholas Lewis

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Colonel Nicholas Lewis (January 19, 1734 - December 8, 1808) was a landowner in Albemarle County and the uncle to famed explorer, Meriwether Lewis.[1]

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Lewis was an officer in the American Revolution, a County magistrate, a 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 served as a minister to Paris.[2] Both men became stockholders in the recently-created Albemarle Furnace Company in 1771, with Lewis making an initial investment of £100 sterling. On April 21, 1779 Lewis signed the Albemarle County Declaration of Independence.

Lewis was married to Mary Walker, the oldest daughter of Dr. Thomas Walker.[3] In 1825, Lewis' daughter Molly Miller sold her portion of his estate to William Hunter Meriwether, who subsequently began developing the port of Pireus along the Rivanna River.


  1. Web. Nicholas Lewis House - Charlottesville, Virginia, Michael Bednar, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, Virginia, February, 2002, retrieved July 30, 2012.
  2. Web. Nicholas Lewis, Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved July 30, 2012.
  3. Print: Looking Back, Vera V. Via, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 6, 1960, Page 28.