John Stoughton Newberry Edit Profile
He completed preparatory studies at Romeo Academy and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1847. He spent two years in civil engineering working with the Michigan Central Railroad, then studied law in Detroit.
He served as the first provost marshal for the State of Michigan and as a U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in 1853,and specialized in maritime law. He played with the Detroit Base Ball Club for a short time.
He published the first volume of admiralty reports of decisions of cases arising on western lakes and rivers. In the early 1860s, Newberry joined the railroad car manufacturing firm of Dean and Eaton, renaming it Newberry, Dean and Eaton Manufacturing Co. When James McMillan joined the firm in 1864, the company was reorganized as the Michigan Car Company.
With McMillan, Newberry also established the Detroit Car Wheel Company. He was appointed the first provost marshal for the State of Michigan by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 with the rank of captain of Cavalry. Newberry resigned in 1864 and engaged in several large manufacturing and railroad enterprises.
Newberry was elected as a Republican candidate to the Forty-sixth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1881. He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1880. He served as director of The Detroit and Cleveland Steam Company, Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad and the Detroit National Bank.
Newberry died in Detroit on January 2, 1887, and is interred in Elmwood Cemetery. The town of Newberry, Michigan is named after Newberry, as a consequence of the congressman's business interest in the Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette Railroad.
Member United States House of Representatives from Michigan, 46th Congress, 1879-1881.
Married Harriet Newell Robinson, 1855. Married second, Helen Parmllee Handy, October 6, 1859.