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 John Smith Newman

John Smith Newman

Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 Mar 1882 (aged 76)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot 29:15
Memorial ID 40027485 · View Source
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Born: April 10,1805 in Montgomery County, Ohio
Died: March 1, 1882
Spouse: Married in 1829 to Eliza Jane Hannah
Children: Mary Ellen, Anna Sarah, Gertrude, Omar, Walter, Frederick


Title: Hon. John S. Newman
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See Also:
Richmond Telegram 3/9/1882 p.3 c.4
Wayne County-History (Luther M. Feeger)
Palladium No. 127,137
Obituary...nephew of David Hoover
RT 3/9/1882 p.3 c.4
EI 3/2/1882 p.2 c.2,3
Newspaper Citation: Richmond Democrat (R Dem) 09 MAR 1882, page 2, column 3


HON. JOHN S. NEWMAN, one of the most prominent members of the Wayne bar for more than thirty years, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, April 10,1805.

In March, 1807, he came to what is now Wayne Township, Wayne County, Ind., with his grandfather, Andrew Hoover, Sr. In January, 1827, he went to Centreville, and became Deputy Clerk of Courts in the office of his uncle, David Hoover. Here he studied law and was admitted to the bar in May, 1828. He continued in active practice in this county until 1860.

For about ten years he was in partnership with Jesse P. Siddall. For several years he was also in the mercantile business in Centreville, being one of the firm of Hannah & Newman.

He was elected a member of the convention to revise the Constitution of Indiana in 1850. In 1847 he was chosen President of the Whitewater Canal Company, and in this position he served five years. In 1851 he was elected President of the Indiana Central Railroad, and for several years acted in that capacity. After removing to Indianapolis in 1860 he became President of the Merchants National Bank.

He married Eliza J., daughter of Samuel Hannah, of Centreville, in 1829. Of six children born of this union, three are living. Mr. Newman died in 1882.

Hon. O. H. Smith, in his volume of reminiscences published in 1858, wrote as follows: "John S. Newman, of Wayne County, was another of my early and valued friends. He was a fine, practical lawyer, with a head as clear as a bell, and a remarkably matured judgment at an early date in his profession. His strong, vigorous intellect made him a safe counselor and a valuable co-laborer in heavy cases. As a speaker he was above mediocrity, but he never attempted that kind of impassioned eloquence that rises in some advocates to such heights as to carry the jury and outsiders with rapturous applause with the speaker. His talents are of the order called useful, the most valuable in the end."


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John S. Newman
April 10, 1805
March 1, 1882
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