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Ida Zorada Lewis
Birth: Feb. 25, 1842
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1911
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

American Folk Figure. One of the most famous people ever to serve in the US Coast Guard, (at this time the US Lighthouse Service). Born Idawalley Zorada Lewis, daughter of Hosea Lewis, keeper of Lime Rock Light. Became keeper after her father suffered a stroke. Officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years as keeper, but the number may be as high as 26; the last at the age of 63. Featured on the cover of Harper's Weekly in 1869, President Grant travelled to Newport with the express purpose of meeting her. She married Capt. William Wilson in 1870, but they were seperated after two years. Awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal in 1881. Lime Rock Lighthouse was renamed Ida Lewis Light in 1924, the only such honor ever bestowed on a keeper. (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
 
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 Parents:
  Hosea Lewis (1804 - 1872)
 
 Sibling:
  Ida Zorada Lewis (1842 - 1911)
  Hattie Lewis (1851 - 1883)*
 
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Burial:
Common Burying Ground
Newport
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
Record added: Sep 28, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7919955
Ida Zorada Lewis
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Ida Zorada Lewis
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Ida Zorada Lewis
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