E. Newton

Elihu Newton

Full Name: Elihu Newton
Date of birth: January 23, 1845
Date of death: April 21, 1925

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 78 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd (1)   Democrat Bransford / Tarrant   Tarrant
H 34 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 8, 1889 20th (2) (3) (4) (5)   Democrat Bransford / Tarrant   Tarrant

(1) Bransford post office closed in 1913. Handbook of Texas Online.
(2) 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.
(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 top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Elihu Newton, birth date 1/23/1845 in Tennessee; death date 4/21/1925 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas,;retired minister. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • 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.
  • Mentioned in historical marker, White's Chapel Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).


  • Photograph. E. Newton, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. E. Newton, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

23rd R.S. - 1893
Internal Improvements  
State Affairs  
20th R.S. - 1887
Private Land Claims  
Public Health and Vital Statistics  

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