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Sylvanus D. Lewis

(Born: about 1826 - Died: 1882)

American lawyer. He and his wife, Estelle Anna Lewis were divorced on July 12, 1858. Sylvanus was charged with adultery, with Georgiana Meyers in April 1858. Although various sources list the date of marriage as 1841, papers filed as part of the divorce settlement state that Sylvanus and Estelle were married in September 1839, which would raise questions about the assigned birth dates. According to testimony he gave at a trial in 1861, he was a professor of penmanship and writing at Emma Willard Female Seminary, in Troy, NY (founded as the Troy Female Seminary in 1814), prior to achieving the bar and becoming a lawyer. (It was apparently here that he met his future wife, Estelle, as she was a student at the Seminary.) Prior to that, he lived on a farm, in Petersburgh, NY. He studied law in the office of Mr. Whelpley, in New York City, in 1847.

Sylvanus D. Lewis


  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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