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Walter Hughes NEWTON

(1880-1941)

NEWTON, Walter Hughes, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., October 10, 1880; attended the public schools and was graduated from the law department of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1905; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Minneapolis, Minn.; first assistant prosecuting attorney of Hennepin County 1914-1918; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until his resignation on June 30, 1929, having been appointed secretary to President Hoover, serving in that capacity until March 3, 1933; regent of the Smithsonian Institution; appointed a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and served until 1934 when he resumed the practice of law in Minneapolis, Minn.; also engaged as an author; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; appointed Federal referee in bankruptcy in 1938 and served until his death in Minneapolis, Minn., August 10, 1941; interment in Lakewood Cemetery.

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

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