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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1884

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Isaac N. Lewis

(Ap'd Kan.)


Born New Salem, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1880, to June 15, 1884, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 15, 1884.

Served: in garrison at Washington Barracks, D. C., Sep. 30, 1884, to May 31, 1885, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to July 24, 1885, — and Atlanta, Ga., to Nov., 1885; under instruction at the Torpedo School, Willet's Point, N. Y., Dec. 1, 1885, to July 1, 1886; in garrison at Atlanta, Ga., to Oct., 1886, — Ft. Barrancas, Fla., to July 6, 1888, — Huntsville, Ala., to Aug. 29, 1888 (leave of absence, Sep. 28, 1888), — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to July 21, 1890; on sick leave to Oct. 1, 1890; garrison duty at Ft. Adams, R. I.,

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 2d Artillery, June 15, 1891)

to June 28, 1891; at Fort Schuyler, N. Y., to April 26, 1892; at Fort Trumbull, Ct., to May 26, 1892. — On special duty for the Board of Ordnance and Fortifications in connection with his range and position finder, at Fort Wadsworth, N. Y. (also member of Board on Sea‑Coast Artillery Fire, Nov. 20, 1894 to Feb. 17, 1897),

(Transferred to 6th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

to Oct., 1898; at Washington, D. C., from Oct., 1898 to –––––; being also Recorder of Board of Ordnance and Fortifications from April 6, 1898 to ––––

(Transferred to 7th Artillery, Aug. 23, 1899)

(Captain of Artillery, 6th Artillery, April 5, 1900)

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: At Washington, D. C., as Recorder, Board of Ordnance and Fortification, to April 17, 1902; at Fort Schuyler, N. Y., to April 28, 1902; at New York City, to May 12, 1902; at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, Cal., to June 10, 1902; special duty under Department Commander on System of Artillery Fire Control for San Francisco Harbor at the Presidio, to July 30, 1902; in command of Fort Casey, Wash., (two companies) to Oct. 1903; Adjutant Artillery District of Puget Sound at Fort Flagler, Wash., to July 9, 1904; Instructor, Department of Electricity and Power, Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., to Sept. 1, 1907.

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907)

— Director Department of Enlisted Specialists, Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., to –––––.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Isaac Newton Lewis, Born Oct. 12, 1858)

Military History. —

Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907

At Fort Monroe, Va., Director Department of Enlisted Specialists, Coast Artillery School, Sept. 1, 1907, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, March 3, 1911)

Aug. 30, 1911; at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., Sept. 1 and 2, 1911; on leave of absence, Sept. 3, 1911, to Aug. 31, 1912; at Fort Hamilton, Sept. 1, 1912, to Jan. 1, 1913; awaiting retirement, Jan. 2 to

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Aug. 27, 1913)

Sept. 20, 1913.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 20, 1913,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History. — Technical Director, Armes Automatiques Lewis, 3 Rue Kipdorp, Antwerp, Belgium; Director, Société des Armes Lewis, office, 47 Rue Desrenaudes, Paris, France; Technical Director, Lewis Machine Gun Co., office, 28º Pall Mall, London; President, Lewis Machine Gun Company and Director Automatic Arms Co., office, Williamson Building, Cleveland, Ohio; General Office, 31 Nassau Street, New York City; residence, 1 Russell Terrace, Montclair, N. J.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 20, 1913,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Civil History: — Immediately upon retirement from active duty in 1913, proceeded to Liege, Belgium, to build factory and start development and manufacture of the Lewis Machine Gun in Europe, having failed to secure the approval of the Ordnance Bureau at Washington for trial and development of the gun for the U. S. Service use; moved factory during the war to Birmingham Small Arms Co., Birmingham, England and office from 3 Rue Kipdorp, Antwerp, to 27º Pall Mall, London; Lewis guns delivered to the Allied Armies at the front at the rate of 2500 complete gun units per week, while Société des Armes Lewis, at St. Denis, Paris, supplied approximately 1000 units complete weekly to the front-line troops of France and Italy; remained in Europe throughout War in intimate personal contact with officers and enlisted personnel of the English, French and Belgium field armies; Technical Director and Manager of the Armes Automatiques Lewis, and of its subsidiary company, Société des Armes Lewis, 1913, to 1920.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Sept. 20, 1913.

Died, Nov. 9, 1931, at Hoboken, N. J.: Aged 73.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1932.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Lewis's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Col. Lewis's burial place is from his AOG obituary.

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