Sir George Cornewall Lewis, an English statesman, born in Radnorshire, Wales, Oct. 21,1806, died April 13, 1863. His father, Sir THomas Frankland Lewis (1780-1855), officiated successively as joint secretary of the treasury, vice president of the board of trade, treasurer of the navy, and in other public capacities, and was created a baronet in 1846. Sir George was educated at Eton, and at Christchurch, Oxford, where he distinguished himself by classical attainments, and in 1831 was called to the bar, but never practised. After holding various appointments under the crown, he succeeded his father in 1839 as a poor-law commissioner, an office which he filled till 1847, when he entered parliament as member for Herefordshire, and became secretary to the Indian board of control. In 1848 he became under-secretary of the home department, in 1850 financial secretary of the treasury, and in 1852 retired from office on the dissolution of the Russell cabinet. In 1854 he succeeded Prof. Empson as editor of the "Edinburgh Review," but resigned that post in 1855, when he was returned to parliament from Radnor; and on the resignation of Mr. Gladstone he was appointed, in March, 1855, chancellor of the exchequer in the Palmerston ministry.

He held office till February, 1858, when on the formation of the Derby ministry he retired. In June, 1859, he returned to office as home secretary in the cabinet of Lord Palmerston, and in July, 1861, was transferred to the war department, succeeding Lord Herbert. In the intervals of his political and official duties he wrote a number of elaborate historical and philosophical treatises, including " The Use and Abuse of Political Terms" (1835); "Origin and Formation of the Romance Languages " (1835; 2d ed., 1862); "Remarks on Local Disturbances in Ireland" (1836); "Essay on the Government of Dependencies" (1841); "Influence of Authority in Matters of Opinion" (1849); "Methods of Observation and Reasoning in Politics" (2 vols., 1852); "An Inquiry into the Credibility of the Early Roman History " (2 vols., 1855); "Foreign Jurisdiction and the Extradition of Criminals" (1859); "Historical Survey of the Astronomy of the Ancients" (1862); "Dialogue on the Best Form of Government" (1863); and "Essays on the Administrations of 1783 to 1830" (1864, edited by Sir E. Head). A volume of his "Letters to Various Friends " was published in 1870. ne also published translations of Bockh's "Public Economy of Athens" (2 vols., 1828), and Muller's "Account of the Doric Race" (2 vols., 1830). - He married in 1844 Lady Maria Theresa (Villiers), widow of Thomas Henry Lister, Esq., and sister to the earl of Clarendon. She wrote " The Lives of the Friends and Contemporaries of Lord Chancellor Clarendon" (3 vols., 1852), and other biographical works, and died in 1865.