Ben H. Lewis

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Ben H. Lewis
13th Mayor of Riverside, California
In office
January 1, 1965 – December 31, 1978
Preceded byEdward V. Dales
Succeeded byAb Brown
Personal details
BornNovember 27, 1902
Riverside, California, United States
DiedJune 20, 1985(1985-06-20) (aged 82)
Riverside, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Catherine Wasilchen
Children2
ResidenceRiverside, California
Alma materOtis Art Institute of Los Angeles[1]
ProfessionReal estate title insurance, commercial artist, actor
 
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Ben H. Lewis
13th Mayor of Riverside, California
In office
January 1, 1965 – December 31, 1978
Preceded byEdward V. Dales
Succeeded byAb Brown
Personal details
BornNovember 27, 1902
Riverside, California, United States
DiedJune 20, 1985(1985-06-20) (aged 82)
Riverside, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Catherine Wasilchen
Children2
ResidenceRiverside, California
Alma materOtis Art Institute of Los Angeles[1]
ProfessionReal estate title insurance, commercial artist, actor

Ben H. Lewis (November 27, 1902 – June 20, 1985) was the thirteenth mayor of Riverside, California, United States. Prior to the office of mayor, Lewis was the president of the United Title Guaranty Company, later known as the Land Title Company, of Riverside. The main hall at the Riverside Convention Center is named in his honor, as well as a bridge on Mount Rubidoux.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was the son of D. W. Lewis and Edith Binks. His father organized several land title insurance companies in Riverside, Orange, and Imperial Counties. Later, Lewis became the president and owner of the Riverside based Land Title Company.

After attending high school in Riverside, Lewis attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He subsequently became a commercial artist, made animated cartoons, and contracted with Universal Studios, where he appeared in several films. Upon returning to Riverside, Lewis began his career in the land title industry. He was also active in many community and fraternal organizations, as well as president of the Riverside Community Players, a local theatrical group.[1]

His wife died in March 2009, at age 101.[2]

Political career[edit]

Office HeldTook OfficeLeft Office
Mayor of RiversideJanuary 1, 1965December 31, 1978

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul, page 269.
  2. ^ Inland News Today, "Memorial set for Kitti Lewis, widow of former mayor" Inland News Today, 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2010-11-07.

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