Library of Congress
BOOTH, Newton (1825-1892)

BOOTH, NEWTON, a Senator from California; born in Salem, Washington County, Ind., December 30, 1825; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Asbury (later DePauw) University, Greencastle, Ind., in 1846; studied law in Terre Haute, Ind.; admitted to the bar in 1850; moved the same year to California, where he temporarily engaged in the wholesale grocery business at Sacramento; returned to Terre Haute in 1857 and engaged in the practice of law until 1860, when he returned to Sacramento, Calif., and again engaged in mercantile pursuits; member, State senate 1863; Governor of California, 1871-1874, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as an Anti-Monopolist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881; was not a candidate for reelection in 1880; chairman, Committee on Manufacturers (Forty-fifth Congress), Committee on Patents (Forty-fifth Congress); engaged in the wholesale mercantile business in Sacramento, Calif., where he died on July 14, 1892; interment in the City Cemetery.

California Historical Society
San Francisco, CA
Papers: Correspondence in John Randolph Sharpstein papers, 1814-1943. California State Archives Sacramento, CA
Papers: Gubernatorial papers and photographs.

California State Library
Sacramento, CA
Papers: Correpondence in Cyrus T. Wheeler papers, 1855-1930.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1860-1880. 3 letters.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in the James Madison Reynolds papers, 1840-1899.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Letters in several collections and photographs.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951 (bulk 1814-1912); and the Samuel Bowles papers, 1853-1890.

  • Crane, Lauren E., ed. Newton Booth, of California, His Speeches and Addresses. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.