LEWIS, ELI, was a native of York County, Pa., born about 1750, and the first settler of the town of Lewisberry. He was a printer by profession, and had the honor of establishing the first newspaper in Harrisburg-- the Harrisburg Advertiser -- in 1789. This was purchased by Mr. Wyeth in 1792 and changed to The Oracle of Dauphin and Harrisburg Advertiser. Major Lewis was a soldier of the Revolution, and a gentleman of considerable literary acquirements. He was the author of a poem entitled "St. Clair's Defeat," printed in a small 32mo. at his office, copies of which are exceedingly rare. He died at his residence in Lewisberry on Sunday, February 2, 1807, aged 57 years. He was the father of Chief Justice Ellis Lewis of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
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