Representative Ed L. Newton View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/18/1955
Birth Place: Wyanet, IL
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 37 (1917) - 38 (1919)
Home County: Cass
Ed L. Newton
Cass County


Mr. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Ed L. Newton, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Ed L. Newton was born in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois, on November 17, 1867. He was the son of Sylvester S. and Eliza Newton.

Mr. Newton first came to Iowa at the age of thirteen years, when he helped his older brothers drive cattle from their Illinois home to pasture lands near Massena, Iowa.

During the winters he returned to Wyanet to attend school, graduating from Wyanet high school in 1888.

He then came back to Iowa where he taught in the rural schools around Anita for eighteen years, two and one-half years of which were spent as Superintendent of schools at Massena, Iowa.

Mr. Newton was an ardent Republican. He was Grant Township Assessor for seventeen years; State Representative from Cass County in the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth General Assemblies; served as Postmaster at Anita under five Presidents: Taft, Coolidge, Wilson, Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.

Mr. Newton also served his community as an active member of the Methodist Church; the Masonic Order for sixty-five years; the Order of the Eastern Star, and vice-president of the Iowa Pioneer Lawmakers Association.

He was a second cousin of the renowned Charles Sherwood Stratton, widely known as General Tom Thumb.

E. L. Newton died at the Atlantic Memorial Hospital at Atlantic, Iowa, on November 18, 1955. He is survived by four children: Glen R., Hobart E., Emmett M., and Mrs. Charles Salmon, of Anita, with whom he shared his home for the past few years.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Fifty­seventh General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Ed L. Newton, the people of Cass County and the entire State of Iowa have sustained a great loss and the House expresses its appreciation of his character and public service and tenders, by this resolution, its sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his beloved family in their great sorrow and loss.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.