Newton Booth

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Newton Booth
Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg
11th Governor of California
In office
December 8, 1871 – February 27, 1875
Lieutenant Romualdo Pacheco
Preceded by Henry Huntly Haight
Succeeded by Romualdo Pacheco
United States Senator
from California
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 4, 1881
Preceded by John S. Hager
Succeeded by John F. Miller
Personal details
Born (1825-12-30)December 30, 1825
Salem, Indiana
Died July 14, 1892(1892-07-14) (aged 66)
Sacramento, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Octavine C. Glover-Booth
Alma mater Asbury University
Profession Entrepreneur, politician

Newton Booth (December 30, 1825 – July 14, 1892) was an American politician.

Booth Gravesite

Born in Salem, Indiana, he attended the common schools. In 1841, his parents Beebe and Hannah Booth moved from Salem to Terre Haute, Indiana. Newton graduated from Asbury University, later renamed DePauw University, in nearby Greencastle, Indiana. He studied law in Terre Haute and was admitted to the bar in 1850. In the same year he moved to California, where he temporarily engaged in the wholesale grocery business at Sacramento. He made his fortune as a saloon keeper. He returned to Terre Haute in 1857 and engaged in the practice of law with future U.S. Congressman Harvey D. Scott until 1860, when he returned to Sacramento, and again engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was the uncle of author Booth Tarkington, son of his sister Elizabeth Booth, who was raised in Terre Haute. He married his business partner's widow Octavine C. Glover (1833-1907) on February 9, 1892.

Booth was elected to the California State Senate in 1862, serving in 1863, and was the eleventh governor of California from December 8, 1871 to February 27, 1875, when he resigned, having been elected to the United States Senate.

Elected as an Anti-Monopolist, he served as a Senator from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881; he was not a candidate for reelection in 1880. During his time in the Senate he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Manufacturers and the U.S. Senate Committee on Patents, both during the 45th Congress. In 1876, the Greenback Party nominated him for Vice President of the United States on the ticket with Peter Cooper. However, Booth declined the nomination and Samuel F. Cary replaced him.

After serving in Congress, he returned to his wholesale mercantile business in Sacramento where he died in 1892. He is interred in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Self Guided Tour. Historic City Cemetery, Inc. January 2006. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
John S. Hager
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California
1875–1881
Served alongside: Aaron A. Sargent, James T. Farley
Succeeded by
John F. Miller
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Huntly Haight
Governor of California
1871 – 1875
Succeeded by
Romualdo Pacheco

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.