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United States representative , politician

Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. , a Republican, was a U.S. Congressman who represented Maryland's 8th congressional district from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1979.


Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. was born on January 13, 1917 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Newton Steers Sr. and Claire L. Steers. His father was president of the du Pont Film Manufacturing Corporation for seventeen years.


Graduate, Hotchkiss School, 1935. Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Yale University, 1939. Juris Doctor, Yale University, 1948.

Certificate advanced meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1943.


Together, Steers Sr. and Claire had five children: Helen Steers, who married George Van Trump Burgess Charlotte Steers, who married Paul Van Winkle Mrs. W. Breckinridge De Riemer Margaret Steers, who married L. H. Brague Jr. Newton , Jr. He obtained a Certificate of Advanced Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1943, and his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School in 1948.

Steers was admitted to the New York bar (1958), and later to the District of Columbia bar (1967), and worked with the DuPont company from 1939 to 1941. During World War II, he served in United States Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946. After the war, he worked with GAF Corp. from 1948 to 1951, and the United States Atomic Energy Commission from 1951 to 1953.

He also became president of several investment companies in New York from 1953 through 1965. Steers was said to have made his fortune during the 1950s through investing in mutual funds, forming the Atomic Development Mutual Fund in 1953 with a group of friends. The fund specialized in "securities of companies participating in activities resulting from the natural sciences." In 1962, Steers entered politics and was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1962 to the 88th Congress.

He served as Maryland Republican State chairman from 1964 to 1966. In 1967, Gov. Spiro T. Agnew appointed Steers the Maryland State insurance commissioner, which remained until 1970. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964 and 1984.

In 1976, Steers was elected as a Republican to the 95th Congress over Democrat Lanny Davis and independent Robin Ficker, serving from January 3, 1977, until January 3, 1979. He ran for reelection in 1978 to the 96th Congress and lost to Democrat Michael D. Barnes, and unsuccessfully challenged Barnes in 1980. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 1982, losing to Democrat J. Joseph Curran, Jr.

Steers was a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, until his death there in 1993.


In 1970, Steers became Maryland Assistant Secretary of Licensing and Regulation and a member of the Maryland State Senate, serving from 1971 to 1977.


Married Nina Auchincloss, June 20, 1958 (divorced 1976). Married Gabriele Irwin, December 29, 1978. Children: Newton Ivan III, Hugh A., Burr G.

Newton Ivan Steers,

Claire L. (Herder) Steers,

Nina Auchincloss

Gabriele Irwin

Newton Ivan III Steers,

Hugh A. Steers,

Burr G. Steers,