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Free Genealogy Biography of Newton McDonald
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Newton McDonald

Newton McDonald was born at Mercer, Pa., December 15, 1846. There he lived until October, 1861, when he enlisted as a drummer boy, in Company E, Fifty-seventh Regiment, 57th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. In 1862 he entered the ranks. He participated in all the battles of the army of the Potomac. Was discharged and mustered out of service at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1865.

He then returned to Mercer, where he lived until 1869, when he removed to Burlingame, where his father, Joseph McDonald, had lived since November, 1854. Here he began work in the Chronicle office, remaining there until 1870, when he entered the employe of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, working in this general offices, where he remained for several years. He afterward spent some time in Colorado, and wrote many able letters from there, for the press.

He was married January 2, 1872, to Miss Mary A. Smith, of Burlingame. She was a native of Oswego, N. Y. They have two children -Bertie, born May 13, 1873, and Leona, born January 27, 1875.

Source: History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas, Chicago, IL; 1883

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