Eugene C. Lewis

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Major Eugene C. Lewis (June 21, 1845 - February 13, 1917) was an American engineer and businessman. He served as the chairman of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway from 1900 to 1917. As a civic leader, he helped develop Shelby Park and Centennial Park, including the Parthenon, as well as Union Station.

Eugene Castner Lewis
BornJune 21, 1845
DiedFebruary 13, 1917
Resting placeMount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
EducationPennsylvania Military Academy
OccupationEngineer, businessman

Early lifeEdit

Eugene C. Lewis was born on June 21, 1845.[1] His father was the manager of the Cumberland Iron Works.[2] Lewis was educated at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, enrolling in 1862, during the American Civil War.[3]

Business careerEdit

Lewis began his career as the president of Sycamore Mills in Cheatham County, Tennessee.[2] He also designed at least two bridges over Sycamore Creek in Nashville.[4] Additionally, he was the honorary president of the American Association of Engineers.[5]

Lewis joined the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway as an industrial engineer.[5] He was elected to its board of directors in 1896, and he served as its chairman from 1900 to 1917.[6]

Civic activitiesEdit

Lewis was also the first vice president of the Nashville Art Association and the Park Commission for the City of Nashville.[5] In 1916, a lawsuit showed he had hired his son, his brother, his niece, his second nephew and the latter's son to the park commission.[7]

Lewis helped develop Shelby Park and Centennial Park.[1] In particular, he was a strong supporter of the construction of Parthenon.[8] He was also the director-general of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.[5] Additionally, Lewis helped develop Union Station.[9]

On April 19, 1909, Lewis conducted the dedication of the Sam Davis Statue outside the Tennessee State Capitol.[10]

Grave of Major Eugene C. Lewis, Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Plaque on mausoleum.


Lewis died on February 13, 1917 in Nashville.[6] He was buried in a mausoleum shaped like an Egyptian pyramid, with two sphinxes,[5] at the Mount Olivet Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Eugene C. Lewis mausoleum at Mt. Olivet, Nashville, Tennessee, 1978 June". Nashville Public Library Digital Collections. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Davis, Louise (August 2, 1953). "Sycamore and "Major" Lewis". The Tennessean. p. 96. Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via
  3. ^ Baker, John F. (2010). The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom. New York: Altria Books. p. 187. ISBN 9781416567417. OCLC 424555333.
  4. ^ "Two Bridges Near Here Carried Away. Structures Over Sycamore Creek , Designed By E. C. Lewis, Destroyed". The Tennessean. January 28, 1918. p. 1. Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via
  5. ^ a b c d e "ORGAN RECITAL IN MEMORY OF MAJ. E. C. LEWIS". The Tennessean. November 11, 1918. p. 3. Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via
  6. ^ a b c "BODY IS LAID TO REST AT TWILIGHT. Simply Funeral Held for Maj. E. C. Lewis. HIS PLANS CARRIED OUT. Prominent Men of Railroad and Financial World United to Pay Tribute". The Tennessean. February 16, 2017. p. 12. Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via
  7. ^ "GAVE POSITIONS TO RELATIVES. Maj. E. C. Lewis Admits Numerous Cases. WITNESS IN CITY PROBE". The Tennessean. September 21, 1916. p. 9. Retrieved September 6, 2017 – via
  8. ^ Harvey, Bruce G. (2014). World’s Fairs in a Southern Accent: Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston, 1895–1902. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press. p. 94. ISBN 9781572338654. OCLC 861120077.
  9. ^ Havighurst, Craig (2013). Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. p. 63. ISBN 9780252079320. OCLC 823552291.
  10. ^ "STATUE OF GALLANT SAM DAVIS NOW ADORNS THE STATE CAPITOL. Unveiling Ceremonies Marked by Simplicity and Are Very Impressive. Thousands Gather On Historic Spot to Honor Tennessee's Young Hero. Grizzled Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy and Little Children". The Tennessean. April 30, 1909. pp. 1, 5. Retrieved September 7, 2017 – via