Walter C. Newberry

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Walter Cass Newberry (December 23, 1835 - July 20, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Walter Cass Newberry
Walter Cass Newberry.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's Fourth Congressional District district
In office
Personal details
Born (1835-11-12)November 12, 1835
Waterville, New York
Died July 20, 1912(1912-07-20) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Harriet (DeGrout)
Children Mary L.

Jessica C.

Parents Amasa L. Newberry

Cornelia (Pangborn) Newberry

Residence Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Soldier (Brigadeer General), Postmaster, Merchant
Chicago residence designed for Walter Cass Newberry by William Le Baron Jenney, 1889[1]

Newberry was born in Waterville, New York and enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War as a private in the Eighty-first Regiment, New York Volunteers. He was 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.

He moved to Petersburg, Virginia, in 1865, and served as mayor of Petersburg in 1869 and 1870, resigning in the latter year. He moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 1870, and was Superintendent of public property for the State for four years.

He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1876, and was Postmaster of Chicago in 1888 and 1889. Newberry was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1892.

He died in Chicago on July 20, 1912 and was interred in Graceland Cemetery.

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  1. ^ Architecture and Building XII (1): 5-6. 4 January 1890. 

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