John W. Lewis Collection

Title

John W. Lewis Collection

Subject

Lewis, John W., Jr., 1906-1977
Illinois. General Assembly. House of Representatives
Illinois. General Assembly. Senate
Illinois. Department of Agriculture
Legislators
Politicians
Illinois. Office of Secretary of State

Creator

John W. Lewis, Jr. began his political career in 1940 with his election to the Illinois House of Representatives. Lewis served in the Illinois House of Representatives until 1958 when he won election to the Illinois Senate. Lewis returned to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1962, serving until 1968. During his second time in the Illinois House, Lewis served as speaker. In 1969 Governor Richard Ogilvie named Lewis as the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The following year Ogilvie named Lewis as the Illinois Secretary of State, a position he held until 1973.

Photographs in this collection include images of Lewis throughout his political career.

Collection Items

John W. Lewis, Jr.
State Representative John W. Lewis, Jr. sits for a portrait. On verso: "R. Dist. 34."

John W. Lewis, Jr. at Department of Agriculture
John W. Lewis, Jr. poses for a portrait at his desk during his time as director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.On verso: "Director Illinois Dept. of Agriculture."

John W. Lewis, Jr. Holds Letters
John W. Lewis, Jr. poses for a photo with dozens of letters in his hands. Photo caption: "Springfield, Ill. - Seeks to Repeal Tax Law - Rep. John W. Lewis, (r.), Marshall, introduced a bill to repeal a newly revised state inheritance tax law, which…

Wayne C. Temple, Harold T. Pickett, John W. Lewis, Jr., and Theodore J. Cassady.
Illinois Secretary of State John W. Lewis, Jr. shakes archivist Harold T. Pinkett's hand during a meeting at the Secretary of State's office in the Illinois Capitol building while archivist Wayne C. Temple (far left) and Assistant State Archivist…

Theodore J. Cassady, Norman Linder, and John W. Lewis, Jr. with Fight Cancer Banner
Illinois Assistant State Archivist Theodore J. Cassady, Dr. Norman Linder, and Illinois Secretary of State John W. Lewis, Jr. hold a banner that reads, "Fight Cancer."
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