P.S. 079 Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis (1713-1802) was a merchant, a Founding Father of the United States, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Born in Wales, he attended school in England before working in a mercantile house in London. In 1734, he came to New York to establish a business. While working as a mercantile agent in 1756, Lewis was taken prisoner and sent to prison in France. Upon his return to New York, he became active in politics and made his home in Whitestone, Queens. A member of the Continental Congress for several years before the Revolutionary War, Lewis played a significant role in the nation's founding.

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"Signers of the Declaration," National Park Service, accessed September 28, 2023, https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/declaration/bio27.htm "Francis Lewis," USHistory.org, accessed June 30, 2023,  https://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/signers/lewis.html