Thomas Willoughby Newton

Thomas Willoughby Newton ( born January 18, 1804 in Alexandria, Virginia; † September 22, 1853 in New York City ) was an American politician. In 1847 he represented for a month the first electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Newton attended the public schools of his home in Virginia. In 1820 he moved to Little Rock in Arkansas Territory. Between 1825 and 1829 he was bailiff at the District Court in Pulaski County. He then moved for a few years in the Shelby County, Kentucky. After his return to Little Rock in 1837, Newton worked as a cashier in a bank.

Newton was a member of the Whig party. Between 1844 and 1848 he sat in the Senate from Arkansas. After the former congressman of the first district of Arkansas, Archibald Yell, who resigned from his mandate to participate in the Mexican-American War, Thomas Newton was elected in 1846 in a special election to succeed him in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he ended between February 6 and March 3, 1847, the term of his predecessor. In the regular congressional elections of 1846 Newton did not run. He died in September 1853 in New York and was buried in Little Rock.