Historian; university professor. Born– June 24, 1931, Towanda, Pa. Parents– Gordon Cleon and Eleanor Esther (Tobias) Lewis. Married– Carolyn Wyatt Brown, June 12, 1954. Children– Three. Education– Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1952, M.A., 1954; Cornell University, Ph.D., 1961. Taught, Hamilton College, 1954-57; Fellowship Coordinator, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, 1959-65; Instructor,  University of Delaware, 1959-61; Professor of History and  director of the honors program in history,  State University of New York at Buffalo, 1965-71;  Hudson Professor of History and Engineering, Auburn University, 1971-2007. Published articles in many professional journals and anthologies. Co-producer of the film, About Us; a Deep South Portrait, 1977. Member of the Society for the History of Technology; the Business History Conference; the G.A.Henty Society. Died September 29, 2007.


Who’s Who in America, 1982-1983; Directory of American Scholars, 1982; Contemporary Authors online; Auburn University website.


Early Commercial Aviation. Cambridge; Harvard Graduate School of Business, 1979.

Eddie Rickenbacker; An American Hero in the Twentieth Century.  Baltimore; Johns Hopkins Press, 2005.

From Newgate to Dannemora; the Rise of the Penitentiary in New York, from 1796-1948. Ithaca; Cornell University Press, 1965.

Iron and Steel in America. Greenville, Del.; Hagley Museum, 1976.

Rationale of Crime. Montclair, N.J.; Patterson Smith, 1973.


Airway to Everywhere; A History of All American Aviation, 1937-1953. Pittsburgh; University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.

Delta; the History of an Airline. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1979.

Economic Change in the Civil War Era; Proceedings. Greenville, Del.; Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, 1965.

The Southern Mystique. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1977.


The papers of Walter David Lewis are held by the Special Collections  and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.