Introducing an inspirational list: 20 Facts About Ida Lewis: History’s Most Heroic Lighthouse Keeper. Are you into stories about heroism? You may be thinking about knights and dragons, and some muscular guy saving the princess.
While these stories are definitely exciting, we are actually talking about a real-life hero. Ida Lewis was a lighthouse keeper who was responsible for saving the lives of many people.
So, without further ado, here are 20 Facts About Ida Lewis: History’s Most Heroic Lighthouse Keeper!
She inherited the lighthouse duty from her father
Ida Lewis was put in charge of the lighthouse after her father, Captain Hosea Lewis suffered a stroke and could no longer perform his duties.
She was a caregiver and a lighthouse keeper
She made her first rescue at 12
She saved the lives of animals
Her brave rescues went unnoticed
She earned medals for her heroism
She saved her uncle's life
In the span of her career, Ida Lewis saved a total of 18 people. One of those people was her own uncle who went overboard when he was returning from a fishing trip.
She was one of the highest paid lighthouse keepers
She was given a "special pension."
Ida Lewis was given $30.00 a month from the Carnegie Hero Fund for her valiant efforts.
The president visited her
She helped take care of her younger siblings
She was a fantastic swimmer
She had some critics of her bravery
She also had many admirers
She was a very humble person
Ida Lewis saved many people and had many admirers. However, despite all this, she was never one to “brush her shoulder off.:”
She did in fact get married despite her un-ladyness
She married Captain William Wilson in 1870. Sadly, the marriage only lasted for two years before they separated.
She had some music named after her
Some of these pieces of music included the Ida Lewis Waltz and the Rescue Polka Mazurka.
The Lighthouse she tended to was renamed after her
Lewis Rock Lighthouse was originally called Lime Rock Lighthouse.
There is a road named after her in Arlington National Cemetary
She performed her last rescue at 63
At 63, she saved a group of women lost at sea. Ida passed away from a stroke shortly after. She is still remembered today for her bravery and selflessness.