Curious career of Wm. Lee D. Ewing
No doubt you recall with fondness high school history lessons about the administration of Gov. William Lee Davidson Ewing. What, you didn’t? Probably because Ewing holds the distinction of serving as Illinois’ governor for just 16 days.
Born on March 1, 1795, in Kentucky, Ewing was the grandson of Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, who was killed during the Revolutionary War Battle of Colson’s Mill. His father, Reverend Finis Ewing, was one of the founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.