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SAMUEL LEWIS. By W. T. COGGESHALL..
In September, 1846, I went to the Court House in Akron, Summit County, to hear the Liberty party candidate for the office of Governor of Ohio, discuss the political issues of the campaign. The large court room was crowded. The speech, which occupied nearly three hours, was an impassioned appeal, rather than an argument. It was not without facts in political history and economy arrayed with logical skill, but every one had a moral bearing, and all were presented with such persuasive earnestness—such deep seated emotion, that old men and old women-young men and young women wept together unconscious of their tears. I was deeply impressed. My heart was won for the cause and for its advocate.
Two years later, having removed to Cincinnati, I joined what in the winter of 1848-249 was called The Reform Club, because Samuel Lewis was a member and often spoke in it.
Its meetings were devoted to discussions and conversations on topics which, in the opinion of one or more members, involved plans or principles calculated to enlighten and elevate human society. There were several superior talkers in the club, but Mr.