Newlands, Francis G.

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  • Francis G. Newlands (1846–1917) of Nevada served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1893 to 1903 and a member of the Senate from 1903 until his death in 1917. He is remembered primarily for his role in crafting the Newlands Reclamation Act, which proved instrumental in funding irrigation projects for the U.S. West.

    Francis Griffith Newlands was born in Natchez, Mississippi, to James and Jessie Newlands on August 28, 1846. Newlands's father worked as a physician and moved the family to Missouri and then to Quincy, Illinois. After his father's death in 1851, Newlands's mother remarried a local banker, Eben Moore. When Moore died in 1866, Jessie Newlands moved the family to Washington, D.C. Newlands attended Yale and graduated from Columbian College Law ...

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