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Summary Article: Lewis, Ida from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1842-1911

US lighthouse keeper

She was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of a sea captain who was the lighthouse keeper on Lime Rock in Newport Harbour. She took over her father's duties when he suffered a stroke and she manned the lighthouse for 50 years, performing many rescues which began in 1858 when she saved four men whose boat had capsized. Lewis won public recognition in 1869 and Susan B Anthony reported her exploits in her suffrage journal The Revolution. She was awarded a gold medal by Congress and a pension by the Carnegie Hero Fund.

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