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Walter Cass NEWBERRY

(1835-1912)

NEWBERRY, Walter Cass, a Representative from Illinois; born in Sangerfield, Oneida County, N.Y., December 23, 1835; pursued an academic course; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Chicago and Detroit; enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private in the Eighty-first Regiment, New York Volunteers; promoted to lieutenant in 1861, captain in 1862, major of the Twenty-fourth Regiment, New York Cavalry, in 1863, lieutenant colonel and colonel in 1864, and was brevetted brigadier general March 31, 1865; moved to Petersburg, Va., in 1865; mayor of Petersburg in 1869 and 1870, resigning in the latter year; moved to Richmond, Va., in 1870; superintendent of public property for the State for four years; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1876; postmaster of Chicago in 1888 and 1889; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; retired from active business pursuits; died in Chicago, Ill., July 20, 1912; interment in Graceland Cemetery.

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

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