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Washington, Lewis William 1825-1871 Planter; born in Georgetown, D. C., about 1825; son of George C. Washington; received a good education; settled in Jefferson county, Va., and became a planter. He was conspicuously connected with John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859, where he was captured by Brown and held as a hostage. During the Civil War his property was confiscated, but later was released by the government. He had a valuable collection of George Washington's relics, including the sword that was sent to him by Frederick the Great. He died at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., Oct. 1, 1871.