Newton, Richard Heber
- Donald S. Armentrout
Newton, Richard Heber (31 October 1840–19 December 1914), Episcopal clergyman, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Richard Newton, an and Lydia Greatorex. Newton received his A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1861 and studied at the Philadelphia Divinity School in 1862–1863. Bishop Alonzo Potter of Pennsylvania ordained him deacon on 19 January 1862. Also in 1862–1863 Newton was assistant minister at St. Paul’s Church, Philadelphia, where his father was the rector, and in 1863–1864 he was assistant minister at the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia. In 1864 Newton married Mary Elizabeth Lewis, with whom he had four children. From 1864 to 1866 Newton was minister-in-charge of Trinity Church, Sharon Springs, New York. Bishop William Henry Odenheimer of New Jersey ordained him priest on 15 July 1866. When his father became rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, in 1866, Newton became rector of St. Paul’s, a position he held until 1869. His most significant ministry was as rector of All Souls’ Church, New York City (1869–1902), where he gained a reputation as a leading liberal preacher in the Episcopal church. In 1903 he became the preacher at Stanford University in California. His retirement years were spent at East Hampton, Long Island, where he died....