Charles Lewis, planter and legislator, was born in Farmington, Connecticut, on April 14, 1822, son of Calvin and Martha (Root) Lewis. Due to a pulmonary disorder he moved to Louisiana at the age of 24 and settled in Bossier Parish. There he married Adeline Hearne in March 1846; they had three children. The couple had a plantation in Bossier.
Lewis moved to Texas in 1852, first settling in Brazos County and then establishing a plantation in Robertson County. There he became a well-known planter and merchant. His popularity and reputation secured his election as a state representative to the Eighth Legislature in 1859.
During the Civil War Lewis supported the Confederacy with money since his health did not allow him to take to the battlefield. He moved to Wheelock until the war ended, and then he moved back to his plantation. A year later he moved to Houston and stayed there for six years. He finally settled in Hearne in 1872 and remained there for the remainder of his life. In Hearne he established a number of businesses, all revolving around agriculture. He continued to farm and to accumulate property. Lewis was a Democrat, and he was a charter member of the Masonic lodge in Hearne. He was a member of the Presbyterian faith. He died on October 22, 1880, and is buried in Norwood Cemetery in Hearne.