Edward W. (Ted) Lewis, 86, former chief Washington correspondent for The New York Daily News, died of pneumonia March 10 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Lewis retired in 1971 after a 48-year career in journalism that included 27 years with the Daily News' Washington bureau. He was chief correspondent for 10 years and also was the author of a syndicated Washington column, "Cap Stuff."

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Lewis was a graduate of Bowdoin College. He worked on newspapers in New England before joining the old United Press in 1926. During the 1932 presidential campaign he accompanied President Herbert Hoover on his swing across the nation and was present in Palo Alto, Calif., when Hoover conceded his defeat to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Mr. Lewis came to Washington to work for the Daily News in 1944.

Mr. Lewis' assignments for that newspaper included coverage of the meeting of President Harry S Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin at the Potsdam conference in the summer of 1945 after the defeat of Germany in World War II.

He also covered the U.S. presidential campaigns from 1948 through 1968, the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the events following the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Lewis, a resident of Arlington, was author of a 1971 book, "Come the Revolution," which included his views on reordering the federal government in response to widespread dissent during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

At the invitation of Queen Elizabeth, he attended the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1970 as part of a delegation of Americans of Welsh descent.

He was a member of the Gridiron Club and the National Press Club.

His wife Rosalind died in January.

Survivors include a son, Jay S., of Arlington; a brother, John B., of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.