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Newberry, Walter Loomislocked

(18 September 1804–06 November 1868)
  • Leslie V. Tischauser

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Newberry, Walter Loomis (18 September 1804–06 November 1868), real estate investor, was born in East (now South) Windsor, Connecticut, the son of Amasa Newberry and Ruth Warner, wealthy farmers. When Newberry was less than a year old, the family moved to Oneida County, New York, and he attended school in nearby Clinton. His mother died when he was eleven, but he managed to complete his secondary education. After graduation he received an appointment to West Point but failed the physical and returned home. Newberry went to work for his brother, Oliver, a shipbuilder and merchant in Buffalo, New York. Oliver also owned a dry-goods store in Detroit, where his younger brother went to work in 1830. Two years later voters elected Walter Newberry to the Detroit City Council, but a fire destroyed the store that same year and the brothers moved to Chicago in 1833....

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