Lewis E. Payson Article

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Lewis E. Payson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by John H. Lewis
Succeeded by Herman W. Snow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Greenbury L. Fort
Succeeded by William Cullen
Personal details
Born(1840-09-17)September 17, 1840
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedOctober 4, 1909(1909-10-04) (aged 69)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican

Lewis Edwin Payson (September 17, 1840 – October 4, 1909) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Payson moved with his parents to Illinois in 1852. He attended the common schools and Lombard University, Galesburg, Illinois. After concluding his law studies, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Ottawa, Illinois in 1862. He moved to Pontiac, Illinois, in January 1865 and continued the practice of law. He served as judge of the county court 1869-1873. [1]

Payson was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1891). He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Lands ( Fifty-first Congress). He resumed the practice of law.


Payson died in Washington, D.C., October 4, 1909 and was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery.[ citation needed]


A number of towns are named after Lewis Payson[ citation needed] including Payson, Arizona, and Payson, Utah.



  • United States Congress. "Lewis E. Payson (id: P000157)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Greenbury L. Fort
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
William Cullen
Preceded by
John H. Lewis
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th congressional district

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1891
Succeeded by
Herman W. Snow