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Born near Glasgow, Kentucky, Lewis attended the common schools and graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1843.
He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Glasgow, Kentucky.
He served as member of the State house of representatives 1850-1855 but was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1857 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and in 1861 to the Thirty-seventh Congress.
During the Civil War, he commanded the Sixth Kentucky Regiment in the Confederate army, the Second Brigade and the First Brigade in Bates' division.
He returned to Glasgow at the close of the war and resumed the practice of law. He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1869 and 1870.
Lewis was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jacob S. Golladay. He was reelected to the Forty-second Congress and served from May 10, 1870, to March 3, 1873. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1872. He resumed the practice of his profession.
Lewis was elected judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1874. He was reelected to subsequent terms and served until 1898. He moved to a farm in Scott County, Kentucky near Georgetown, where he died on July 6, 1904. He was interred in Glasgow Cemetery.
- Joseph Horace Lewis at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-02-13