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Elihu Newton

E. Newton
Full Name: Elihu Newton
Birth date: January 23, 1845
Death date: April 21, 1925

Terms of Service

  • House, 23rd (2) Legislature
    1/10/1893 - 1/8/1895
    Democrat
  • House, 20th (1) (3) (4) (5) Legislature
    1/11/1887 - 1/8/1889
    Democrat
(1) Elihu Newton, the Dark-Lantern candidate for the legislature, defeated the democratic nominee by a majority of thirteen votes, "All But One," Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 11/6/1886, p. 8. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers .
(2) Bransford post office closed in 1913. Handbook of Texas Online .
(3) Bransford post office closed in 1913. Handbook of Texas Online .
(4) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(5) Democrat, 1/12/1887, p. 2. San Antonio Daily Express .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Photographs

  • Photograph. E. Newton, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. E. Newton, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Elihu Newton, birth date 1/23/1845, death date 4/21/1925, portrait, obituary from the Grapevine Sun, burial in White's Chapel Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County. Find a Grave .
  • Obituary, Rev. Elihu Newton, "Funeral for Aged Baptist Preacher Held at Grapevine," 4/22/1925, p. 7. Fort Worth Star-Telegram .
  • In 1886, members of the Farmers' Alliance and the Knights of Labor formed an Anti-Monopoly Party, "which the hostile mainstream press dubbed the 'Dark Lantern' Party." Turnout for the party's convention was so limited the party was unable to produce platform or nominate a state ticket. However, "the Tarrant County farmer-labor coalition did succeed in electing a state legislator in November." p. 84-88. Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late-Nineteenth-Century South 2007.
  • Elihu Newton's migration steps and additional notes, Migrations.org 2004.
  • Antimonopolist political party dubbed "dark lantern" described in "The Texas Dark Lantern Ticket," 11/2/1886, p. 5, New York Times .
  • Biographical sketch, E. Newton, p. 161. Born 1/23/1845 in Bradley County, Tennessee; farmer and minister in the Missionary Baptist Church. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature 1887.
  • Confederate States Army. "In the late war between the States, Mr. Newton belonged to the command of General R.M. Gano, and was active in Arkansas and the Indian Territory." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature 1887.
  • Interment in White's Chapel Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County. Historical Markers in Tarrant County, RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .

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