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"The late Lewis L. Cato came to this (Barbour) county in 1837. He was a native of Hancock county, Georgia, and was a prominent citizen of Barbour during his life. He devoted himself assiduously to the law, and became an able attorney, of very sound opinions. From 1861 to 1865 he represented the county in the senate with credit to his constituents and to himself. He died December 4, 1868.

His brother, Sterling G. Cato, also resided here for some years, and acquired considerable reputation as an attorney. He removed to Kansas, during the slavery agitation there, and succeeded Hon, Rush Elmore as territorial judge. He subsequently practiced in St. Louis, Missouri, and there died about the year 1867."  ~ Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men: From 1540 to 1872 by Willis Brewer

William Garrett wrote in the book, Public Men in Alabama for Thirty Years

"Lewis L. Cato served in the Senate from Barbour County, from 1862 to 1865, with great efficiency, and was heard with pleasure on all questions which he thought proper to discuss.  He was dignified and courteous, rigidly adhering to parliamentary law.  He died from paralysis since the war."