James Pearson Newcomb

James Pearson Newcomb

Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 16 Oct 1907 (aged 70)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec 4-3
Memorial ID 13498836 · View Source
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NEWCOMB, JAMES PEARSON (1837-1907) ~ James Pearson Newcomb was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 31, 1837, to Thomas and Martha Margaret Pearson Newcomb. the family moved to Texas in 1839, finally settling in San Antonio in 1847. His parents died when he was 14 and James soon began his career as a journalist working as a printer's devil on the Western Star. He apprenticed for the San Antonio Ledger. In 1854, he partnered with F.M. Whitemond and started the publication of the Alamo Star. He took on a new partner within the year, J.M. West, and they changed the name of the paper to the San Antonio Herald. He sold the Herald in 1856, and attended the University of Vermont. He soon returned to Texas and to the Herald where he became editor. He also established the weekly San Antonio Alamo Express in 1860. J.B. Maccus, Jr. became his associate in 1861 and the Express became a tri-weekly paper. Always having pro-Union papers, views, and editorials, the Express was destroyed by the Knights of the Golden Circle and Confederate Rangers. James fled to Mexico.

He later ended up in San Francisco where he served as a scout for Col. James H. Carleton's California Column in 1862. The column went into permanent camp and James requested to return to San Francisco. He published Sketch of Secession times in Texas and Journal of Travel from Texas through Mexico to California in 1863. He then became the editor of the San Jose Tribune. The paper folded, and instead of receiving money, he received equipment and he used that to start the San Jose Times. He soon abandoned that paper and went on a mining expedition in Arizona and eventually returned to California where he edited the American Flag in San Francisco. It was also in San Francisco where he met and married Janie Davis on August 31, 1864. She died, along with their infant son in the winter of 1865-66.

In 1867, James returned to San Antonio and bought an interest in the San Antonio Express, which supported the policies of Gov. Edmund J. Davis. James was registrar of voters under the Reconstruction Acts and served as secretary of state during the Davis administration. He was caught in a scandel when he was accused of defrauding the state of over $9,000. He was acquitted in 1876.

James became owner and editor of the Republican party paper, the State Journal and he ran as a Republican candidate twice and lost both times. In 1876, he ran for Congress and in 1892, he ran for lieutenant governor on the party ticket of Andrew Jackson Houston.

Although he had been admitted to the bar in 1877, he practiced law very little. Instead in 1879, he joined A.W. Gifford and published the Texas Sun. In 1880, James published The Surprise which later became the Evening Light in 1881. James remained with that paper until 1883, reorganized it and changed the name to San Antonio Light.

He then owned a series of campaign papers including the Plumed Knight in 1884, the Evening Paper in 1886, the Campaign News in 1888, and the White Republican in 1890. In 1895, he edited a trade journal, the National Liquor Dealer.

In 1872, James married again to Antoinette Hitchcock of Virginia. Together they had four children, including James P. Newcomb, Jr. who served as San Antonio Water Board secretary for many years.

James spent the last few years of his life operating his farm, called Great Oaks near San Antonio. He died there on October 16, 1907.

Source: www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook

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