- Truman Handy Newberry
Infobox US Cabinet official
name=Truman Handy Newberry
United States Secretary of the Navy
December 1, 1908
March 4, 1909
Victor H. Metcalf
successor=George von L. Meyer
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
death_date=death date and age|1945|10|3|1864|11|5|mf=y
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Truman Handy Newberry (
November 5, 1864– October 3, 1945) was a U.S. businessman and political figure. He served as the Secretary of Navy between 1908 and 1909. He was a U.S. Senatorfrom Michiganbetween 1919 and 1922.
Newberry was born in Detroit, the son of
John Stoughton Newberry(a U.S. Representativefrom Michigan) and his second wife, Helen P. Handy, the daughter of Truman P. Handy, a well known financier and banker in Cleveland. Newberry attended Michigan Military Academybefore graduating from Yale College's Sheffield Scientific School, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1885. He became superintendent of construction, paymaster, general freight and passenger agent, and eventually manager of the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railwayfrom 1885 to 1887. He was then president and treasurer of the Detroit Steel & Spring Companyfrom 1887 to 1901. In 1902, he helped organize the Packard Motor Car Company. He engaged in various other manufacturing activities, including the Union Trust Company, the Union Elevator Company, and the Michigan State Telephone Company.
In 1893, he organized the
Michigan State Naval Brigade, serving as landsman in 1895; lieutenant and navigator in 1897 and 1898. He was commissioned lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navyin May 1898 and served on the U.S.S. "Yosemite" during the Spanish-American War. He then served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy1905-1908. Filled in for the ill secretary Victor H. Metcalf, who resigned November 13, 1908. Truman Newberry, ad interim Secretary of the Navy. Appointed Secretary of the Navyin the Cabinet of President Theodore Rooseveltfrom December 1, 1908 to March 5, 1909. He became lieutenant commander United States Navy Fleet Reserve, June 6, 1917, and was assistant to the commandant of the third naval district of New Yorkuntil January 9, 1919.
He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from
March 4, 1919, until his resignation on November 18, 1922. In 1921, Newberry was tried and convicted under the Federal Corrupt Practices Actof election "irregularities". The conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court in "Newberry v. U.S.," ussc|256|232|1921, 41 S. Ct. 469, 65 L. Ed. 913, and, following an investigation, the Senate declared Newberry entitled to his seat but expressed disapproval of the sum spent in his race against automaker Henry Ford. [ [http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senator_Condemned_for_Excessive_Campaign_Expenditures.htm U.S. Senate: Art & History Home > Historical Minutes > 1921-1940 > Senator "Condemned" for Excessive Campaign Expenditures ] at www.senate.gov] In the face of a new movement to unseat him, Newberry resigned. Thereafter, he engaged in manufacturing. Newberry died in Grosse Pointe, Michiganand is interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
Congbio|N000062 Retrieved on
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/nevin-newel.html#R9M0J7XZ9 The Political Graveyard]
*Spencer Ervin. "Henry Ford vs. Truman H. Newberry; the famous Senate election contest". New York, R.R. Smith, 1935. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1974.
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