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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Newton, John

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General and engineer, born Norfolk, Virginia, 1823; died New York, 1895. The son of General Thomas Newton, he graduated at the United States Military Academy, 1842, was commissioned major, 1861, distinguished himself in the Civil War, in 1865 was brevetted major-general of volunteers, brigadier-general and major-general of regulars. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of engineers in the regular service, 1865, superintended the work on the improvement of the Hudson River between Troy and New York, on the channel between New Jersey and Staten Island, the harbors on Lake Champlain, and removed the dangerous rocks in Hell Gate, the water-way between the East River and Long Island Sound. He was made commissioner of public works of New York, 1886, a post he resigned to become president of the Panama Railroad Company, 1888. Early in his life he entered the Catholic Church.

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Entry for 'Newton, John'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. 1910.

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