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William Augustus NEWELL

(1817-1901)

NEWELL, William Augustus, a Representative from New Jersey; born while his parents were on a visit in Franklin, Ohio, September 5, 1817; attended the common schools of New Brunswick, N.J.; was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1836 and from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1839; commenced practice in Allentown, N.J.; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; Governor of New Jersey 1857-1860; surgeon to superintend the drafting of Monmouth County Militia in 1862; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1866 to the Fortieth Congress; resumed the practice of medicine in Allentown; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1877; Territorial Governor of Washington 1880-1884; United States Indian inspector from August 14, 1884, to June 26, 1885; died in Allentown, N.J., August 8, 1901; interment in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

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

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