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John Stoughton NEWBERRY

(1826-1887)

NEWBERRY, John Stoughton, (father of Truman Handy Newberry), a Representative from Michigan; born in Waterville, Oneida County, N.Y., November 18, 1826; moved with his parents to Michigan when a child, residing successively in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Romeo; completed preparatory studies in Romeo Academy; was graduated from Michigan University at Ann Arbor in 1847; spent two years in civil engineering on railroads; studied law in Detroit and was admitted to the bar in 1853; published the first volume of admiralty reports of decisions of cases arising on western lakes and rivers; established the Michigan Car Co. of Detroit in 1862; later established the Detroit Car Wheel Co.; appointed the first provost marshal for the State of Michigan by President Lincoln in 1862 with the rank of captain of Cavalry; resigned in 1864; engaged in several large manufacturing enterprises in 1864; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880; died in Detroit, Mich., January 2, 1887; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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