Walter Loomis Newberry

Walter Loomis Newberry

Birth
East Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 6 Nov 1868 (aged 64)
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 14977117 · View Source
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Walter Newberry was born in East Windsor, CT. He married Julia Butler Clapp on Nov. 22, 1842 in Paris, France. Children, all born in Chicago: Walter, 1st, died young; Walter, 2d, died young; Mary Louise, born August 12, 1845; died February 18, 1874; Julia Rose, born December 28, 1853; died April 4, 1876.

Newberry was an avid reader and collector of books. He received an academic education, was appointed to West Point Untied States Military Academy by President Andrew Jackson, but abandoned his career due to ill health. At the age of sixteen, he joined his older brother, Oliver F., in the dry goods trade in Detroit in 1826. Newberry served as the Adjutant General for the Michigan Territory from 1829 to 1831.
He was successful and in 1833 he joined a syndicate of five, Lewis Cass and William B. Astor were among the names. They bought land in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Calumet, and Chicago.

Newberry settled in Chicago in 1833 and invested in real estate. He helped to establish banks, insurance companies, schools, and general public improvements. He was a projector and for a time the president of the old Galena and Chicago railroad, the first line of the present great Northwestern system, and lived to see Chicago the greatest railroad center of the world. He was a member of the banking house of Newberry & Burch, twice president of the Chicago School Board, a founder and twice president of the Chicago Historical Society, and by his will he endowed a public library, which bears his name, with one-half of his estate.

He passed away at sea en route for Havre to join his family, then in Paris. His will he left half his fortune—$2.1 million to provide for the establishment of a Chicago library.

The Walter L. Newberry library was established in 1887, and its reputation came from its manuscript collections acquired over time, including a first-edition King James Bible, the oiginal manuscript of Sherwood Anderson's classic American novel "Winesburg, Ohio", George Washington's journal, letters written by Napoleon III and Thomas Jefferson and rare North American maps.


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  • Created by: KRW
  • Added: 18 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14977117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Loomis Newberry (18 Sep 1804–6 Nov 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14977117, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .