Alfred Lewis was born in the town of Hopkinton, R.I., in 1817. He received his education in the school of his native town and in the academy at De Ruyter, NY. Hetaught one year of school in Talbot county, MD., in 1839 and 1840. In 1840 he was married to Miss Lucy P. Langworthy, of Hopkinton, R.I. He located in Alfred in June, 1841. He was elected supervisor of Alfred five times and also filled several other offices in the town. He was one of the trustees of Alfred University from the time of its charter until his death, which occurred February 19th, 1873.