Lewis Smith grew up 150 yards from the main gate of the Augusta National Golf Club. He graduated from Richmond Academy in 1965, attended Georgia Tech for two years and then joined the U. S. Navy. He served on aircraft carriers as a radar/computer specialist on A-6 fighter/bombers. Lewis married a Pittsburgh girl in 1970 and they settled in the Augusta area. Lewis and his wife, JoAnn, started a CPA company and expanded to include the Thomson, Georgia area. They raised two very fine sons there. Both are CPAs today. Jason lives in Augusta and Brian lives in Hawaii. Lewis retired in 2009 when Jason bought his practice. JoAnn worked for Jason until 2016. Lewis became the Director of the Thomson-McDuffie Museum as a volunteer. He spends his time and efforts at the Museum and works in his yard in his spare time. He loves his town, his church, his yard, and his family.




J. Edgar Thomson: the Georgia Rail Road Years 1833 – 1845

In his early twenties Edgar Thomson moved from Philadelphia to Georgia to become the Chief Engineer of the newly-formed Georgia Rail Road. Thomson was in complete control of the building of the railroad from Augusta to Terminus, soon to be Atlanta. Ninety-five percent of this book is fact, with the other five percent added to connect the dots. Thomson could have amassed a fortune to match his famous cronies, but he was not a greedy man; he was quiet, gentle, and humble. Few people in Georgia know Thomson's story. Here is the Georgia Rail Road and the Edgar Thomson story from 1833 through 1845.

All proceeds of this book benefit the McDuffie Museum.