James W. Newman

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James Wirt Newman
James W. Newman 1882.jpg
23rd Ohio Secretary of State
In office
January 8, 1883 – January 12, 1885
Preceded by Charles Townsend
Succeeded by James Sidney Robinson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Scioto County district
In office
January 6, 1868 – January 2, 1870
Preceded by Elijah Glover
Succeeded by Elijah Glover
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 2, 1876
Preceded by James Emmett
Succeeded by I. T. Monahan
Personal details
Born (1841-03-12)March 12, 1841
Highland County, Ohio
Died January 1, 1901(1901-01-01) (aged 59)
Portsmouth, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kate Moore
Children one
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University

James Wirt Newman[1] (March 12, 1841 – January 1, 1901) was a Democratic politician in the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, and was Ohio Secretary of State from 1883 to 1885.

Biography[edit]

James W. Newman was born March 12, 1841 in Highland County, Ohio, and moved soon thereafter to Portsmouth, Ohio.[2] He attended public schools in that town and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1861, where he was Sigma Chi.[1] He did not serve his country during the American Civil War. For 33 years he was editor and owner of the Portsmouth Times, and after, President of the Central National Bank of Portsmouth.[3]

Newman was active in the Democratic Party, serving as President of the Scioto County central committee, and as delegate to the state and national conventions.[3] He was elected in 1867 to represented Scioto County in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 58th General Assembly in 1868 and 1869.[4] He was elected to represent the 7th District in the 60th and 61st General Assemblies in the Ohio Senate in 1872-1876.[5]

Newman defeated Republican Charles Townsend and two other candidates for Ohio Secretary of State with a majority of the vote in 1882,[6] and served 1883 to 1885. He lost to James Sidney Robinson in another four way race in the 1884.[7]

Newman was Collector of Internal Revenue 1885 to 1889. Newman was married to Kate Moore October 24, 1871. They had one son, Howard Ott Newman.[8] He was Exalted Ruler of the Portsmouth Elks Lodge.[3] He died January 1, 1901 at Portsmouth,[3] or perhaps January 1, 1902.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sigma Chi 1910 : 10
  2. ^ Evans 1900 : 271
  3. ^ a b c d Powell 1913 Volume II : 464
  4. ^ Ohio 1917 : 290
  5. ^ Ohio 1917 : 243
  6. ^ Smith 1898 : 460
  7. ^ Smith 1898 : 498
  8. ^ Evans 1900 : 272

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