John Newman (mayor)

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John Newman
4th Mayor of Bayonne
In office
Preceded by David W. Oliver
Succeeded by William C. Farr
Personal details
Born c. 1829
Died October 29, 1901
Bayonne, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Residence Bayonne, New Jersey

John Newman was the Mayor of Bayonne, New Jersey from 1887 to 1891.

Newman was born in England around 1829 and immigrated here with his family to New York City when he was a baby. As a boy, he worked in a dry goods store. He spent ten years working in the New York harbor transportation business. He joined the Produce Exchange when it began and later served as its president. He became a junior partner in the insurance firm of Brown & Newman. Newman moved across the river to Bayonne around 1860.

A Republican, Newman was elected as a councilman in 1873.[1] He was elected president of the Bayonne City Council in 1881.[2] He would serve ten years on the council. He won election to mayor of Bayonne in 1887. He won re-election in 1889. During his time in office, he instituted street paving for Bayonne. He lost a chance for a third term when he was defeated by Republican Councilman William C. Farr, who also was endorsed by the Democrats and the Independent Parties in a highly contested election.[3] A year after the election, Newman switched to the Democratic Party.[4]

Newman, a banker, was president of the Mechanics Trust Fund and the Bayonne Mutual Building and Loan Association.

Newman died from Bright's Disease in his home on October 29, 1901.[5]


  1. ^ "New Jersey Elections". New York Times. 1873-04-10 [1].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "City and Suburban News - New Jersey". New York Times. 1881-05-05 [2].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Factions Fight It Out.; Two Republican Conventions Held In One Hall In Bayonne". New York Times. 1891-03-29 [3].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "The Bayonne Republicans.; They Are Demoralized Since the Defeat of Mr. Newman". New York Times. 1892-03-30 [4].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "John Newman". New York Times. 1901-11-03 [5].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
Preceded by
David W. Oliver
Mayors of Bayonne
Succeeded by
William C. Farr