Born: 1823 in St. Louis, Missouri
Died: March 22, 1874 in Washington, DC
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (representing Monterey District)
- During the debate on the inclusion of a ban on dueling in the state constitution, Mr. Dent noted "No clause that you can introduce in the Constitution will prevent a man from fighting a duel, if it be in defense of his honor. There are few men who will not risk their lives when their honor is at stake."
- PLACENAME: Dent County, in Missouri, was named for a Lewis Dent (who served as the first representative for that county in the Missori Legislature).