Newell, Cicero was born on August 12, 1840 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States. Son of Josiah and Priscilla (Chamberlain) Newell.
Educated district school.
Enlisted Company H, 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry, April 16, 1861, 3 months service. Reënlisted and elected First lieutenant Troop D, 3d Michigan Cavalry, August 1861. Captain, Troop K, March 31, 1862.
Major 10th Michigan Cavalry, August 19, 1863. Honorary discharged, 1865. Participated in more than 30 battles and many skirmishes.
Had command of 10th Michigan Cavalry at Battle of Greenville, Tennessee, when General John A. Morgan was killed. United States Indian agent for the Brule Sioux, of Dak., 1879-1880. Founder Parental School, Seattle, Washington, 1891.