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
GovernorCharles Foster
George Hoadly
Preceded byCharles Townsend
Succeeded byJames Sidney Robinson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Scioto County district
In office
January 6, 1868 – January 2, 1870
Preceded byElijah Glover
Succeeded byElijah Glover
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 1, 1872 – January 2, 1876
Preceded byJames Emmett
Succeeded byI. T. Monahan
Personal details
Born(1841-03-12)March 12, 1841
Highland County, Ohio
DiedJanuary 1, 1901(1901-01-01) (aged 59)
Portsmouth, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kate Moore
Alma materOhio 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.


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 represent 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]


  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


  • Powell, Thomas Edward, ed. (1913). The Democratic party of the state of Ohio: a comprehensive history. 2. The Ohio Publishing Company.
  • Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
  • Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio.
  • Evans, Nelson Wiley; Stivers, Emmons B (1900). A history of Adams County, Ohio: from its earliest settlement to the present time. West Union, Ohio: E B Stivers.
  • Hostetter, Earl De Witt, ed. (1910). The Sigma Chi Fraternity Manual and Directory. Sigma Chi.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Townsend
Secretary of State of Ohio
Succeeded by
James S. Robinson