Thomas Willoughby Newton (January 18, 1804 – September 22, 1853) was a Whig member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Arkansas.

Thomas was born in Alexandria, Virginia on January 18, 1804. Newton attended public schools in Virginia. He moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1820. In 1825 he became clerk of the court of Pulaski County, Arkansas and served for four years. In 1829 he moved to Shelby County, Kentucky where he remained for eight years. He returned to Little Rock in 1837 and began working in a bank as a cashier.

In 1844 he ran for a seat in the Arkansas State Senate and was elected as a Whig. He served four years in the Senate. Newton was elected to fill the vacant seat in Congress after Archibald Yell resigned in 1847 to join the Army for the Mexican–American War. This election made Newton the only person ever elected to the U.S. House from Arkansas as a Whig. Newton served in Washington for only a month, and declined to run for a full term.

Thomas Willoughby Newton died in New York City on September 22, 1853, aged 49, and is buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. Newton County, Arkansas was named in his honor.

External links

  • United States Congress. "Thomas Willoughby Newton (id: N000077)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Archibald Yell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's at-large congressional district

February 6, 1847 – March 3, 1847
Succeeded by
Robert W. Johnson