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NEWELL, William Augustus, governor of New Jersey, born in Franklin, Ohio, 5 September, 1819. He was graduated at Rutgers college grammar-school in 1836, studied medicine, and settled in New Jersey. He was elected to congress from that state as a Whig, serving from 6 December, 1847, till 3 March, 1851. From 1856 till 1860 he was governor of New Jersey, and he was a delegate to the National Republican convention in Baltimore in 1864. He was elected to congress as a Republican representative, serving from 4 December, 1865, till 3 March, 1867, on the committee on Revolutionary claims, foreign affairs, and war debts of the loyal states, and was a delegate to the Philadelphia "Loyalists' convention" of 1866. He originated and procured the first appropriation by congress of $10,000 for the Life-saving stations on the New Jersey coast, and was superintendent of Life-saving stations in New Jersey from 1861 till 1863. He was defeated as a candidate for governor of New Jersey in 1877, and in 1880 was appointed governor of Washington territory for a term of four years. He was Indian commissioner in that territory in 1884-'6.
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