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Eben Newton
Eben Newton with signature.png
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byJohn Crowell
Succeeded byEdward Wade
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Trumbull County district
In office
December 5, 1842 – December 1, 1844
Preceded byJohn Crowell
Succeeded bySamuel Quinby
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
January 4, 1864 – December 31, 1865
Preceded bySamuel Quinby
Succeeded byG. F. Brown
Personal details
BornOctober 16, 1795
Goshen, Connecticut
DiedNovember 6, 1885(1885-11-06) (aged 90)
Canfield, Ohio
Resting placeCanfield Village Cemetery
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Mary Church

Eben Newton (October 16, 1795 – November 6, 1885) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1851 to 1853.

Early life and career

Born in Goshen, Connecticut, Newton attended the common schools. He moved to Portage County, Ohio, in 1814 and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He studied law with Darius Lyman and John Sloane.[1] Newton was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Canfield, Ohio. He formed a partnership with Elisha Whittlesey that lasted for twenty years.[2] He served as member of the Ohio Senate from 1842 to 1851. He was the presiding judge of the court of common pleas from 1844 to 1851.


Newton was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress.

Later career

He served as president of the Ashtabula & New Lisbon Railroad 1856–1859, and again served in the state senate from 1862 to 1864 during the American Civil War. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He raised beef cattle on farms near Canfield.[1]

Newton married Mary Church of Canfield, May 1826. They had one son and three daughters.[2] He was a Presbyterian.[2]


He made a trip to California, returning with a cold, which led to his death within a month.[1] He died in Canfield, Ohio, on November 6, 1885, and was interred in Canfield Village Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c Whittlesey, Charles (1886). "Judge Eben Newton". Western Reserve Historical Society Publications. 67: 390.
  2. ^ a b c Brennan, J. Fletcher, ed. (1880). The portrait gallery and cyclopedia of the distinguished men of Ohio. 2. Cincinnati: John C. Yorston & Company. pp. 378–379.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Crowell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward Wade
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