Ida Zorada Lewis


Ida Zorada Lewis Famous memorial

Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 24 Oct 1911 (aged 69)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 7919955 View Source

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.

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  • Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
  • Added: 28 Sep 2003
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ida Zorada Lewis (25 Feb 1842–24 Oct 1911), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7919955, citing Common Burying Ground, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .