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BOOTH, Newton, senator, born in Salem, Indiana, 25 December 1825. He was graduated at Asbury University in 1846, after which he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1850 at Terre Haute. Subsequently he removed to California, and engaged in business as a wholesale grocer in Sacramento. In 1857 he returned to Terre Haute, where he practiced his profession until 1860, when he again went to California. He was elected to the state senate in 1863, and in 1871 to the governorship on an independent ticket. This office he resigned in 1875, when he was elected to the United States senate as an anti-monopolist. He took his seat on 9 March 1875, and served until 3 March 1881. Subsequently he engaged in commercial occupations in California.
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