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Elihu 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
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Other Resources
  • Elihu Newton, birth date 1/23/1845, death date 4/21/1925, portrait, obituary from the Grapevine Sun, interment in White's Chapel Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County. Find a Grave.
  • 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.
  • Interment in White's Chapel Cemetery, Southlake, Tarrant County. Historical Markers in Tarrant County, RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Elihu Newton, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. Elihu Newton, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 20th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, north wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 23rd session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 23rd session composite photo of House members by Hill (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • 23rd session composite photo of House members by Journeay (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    23rd R.S. - 1893
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor  
    State Affairs  
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Private Land Claims  
    Public Health and Vital Statistics  
     

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