Edward Taylor Lewis was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana. He was born on October 26, 1834 in Opelousas, Louisiana. He attended Wesleyan University of Ohio, earning a law degree, and returning to his home state to work as an attorney. During the American Civil War, he was a captain in the Confederate Cavalry. After the war and Louisiana's Reconstruction, he served one term in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1865 to 1867. In 1883, he was elected to Congress, serving one term as a Democrat before an unsuccessful renomination bid. From 1886 to 1892, he again was a member of the state House of Representatives, and he worked at various judgeships between 1886 and 1908. He then resumed the practice of law, and died on April 26, 1927 in Opelousas.