J. Quigg Newton

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J. Quigg Newton
36th Mayor of Denver
In office
Preceded by Benjamin F. Stapleton
Succeeded by Will Nicholson
Personal details
Born (1911-08-03)August 3, 1911
Denver, Colorado
Died April 4, 2003(2003-04-04) (aged 91)
Political party Republican

James Quigg Newton Jr. (August 3, 1911 – April 4, 2003) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1947 to 1955.

Newtwon was born in Denver.[1] His father was a businessman in Denver.[2] He was educated in Denver and then studied at Yale Law School.[1] He worked for the Denver law firm of Lewis and Grant before founding his own law firm.[1] His firm merged with Lewis & Grant in 1947 to form Lewis, Grant, Newton, Davis & Henry, which later became Lewis, Grant & Davis, and then Davis Graham & Stubbs. His colleague and Yale classmate Richard Davis married his sister Nancy.[2]

Newton served as a legal officer in the US Navy in the Second World War.[1] He married Virginia Shafroth in 1942;[1] she was the granddaughter of John F. Shafroth who served as US Senator and Governor of Colorado.[2] They had four daughters.[1]

In 1947, aged 35, he ran for the office of mayor, and defeated the incumbent, Benjamin F. Stapleton, who first became mayor in 1923.[2] Newton was the first mayor of Denver to have been born in the city.[1] He was reelected in 1951, but declined to run for a third term in 1955.

After leaving office as Mayor, and spending time as a vice-president of the Ford Foundation, he was president of the University of Colorado from 1956 to 1963.[2] He served on the Republican National Committee.[1][3] He was president of the Commonwealth Fund in New York from 1963 to 1976, and then spent time in California.[1] He returned to practice law at Davis Graham & Stubbs from 1981 to his death in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mayor James Quigg Newton, Jr. Papers, WH1327". Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Here Lies Colorado: Fascinating Figures in Colorado History, Richard E. Wood, p.241-246
  3. ^ "History of the Office". Denver Office of the Mayor. Archived from the original on April 12, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014.