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Daniel Newton Lockwood (June 1, 1841 – June 1, 1906)[1] was an American lawyer, politician from New York, and the 18th District Attorney of Erie County, New York.[2]

Daniel Newton Lockwood
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJohn M. Farquhar
Succeeded byRowland B. Mahany
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byLyman K. Bass
Succeeded byRay V. Pierce
United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York
In office
October 23, 1886 – June 5, 1889
Preceded byMartin I. Townsend
Succeeded byDe Alva S. Alexander
18th District Attorney of
Erie County, New York
In office
January 1, 1875 – October 1, 1877
Preceded byBenjamin H. Williams
Succeeded byRobert C. Titus
Personal details
Daniel Newton Lockwood

June 1, 1841
Hamburg, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 1906 (aged 65)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Sarah Brown
(m. 1870; her death 1898)
Alma materUnion College
OccupationLawyer, politician


Lockwood was born on June 1, 1841, in rural town of Hamburg, New York.[3] He was the son of Martha (née Phillips) Lockwood and Harrison Lockwood.[4] He was the grandson of Ebenezer Lockwood, and great-grandson of Timothy Lockwood, who fought in the American Revolutionary War.[5]

As a boy, he was poor and his father died early so he had to move in with his relative, Timothy T. Lockwood, the Mayor of Buffalo from 1858 to 1859.[4] Through hardship, he managed to obtain a common school education.[3] In 1865, he graduated from Union College in Schenectady,[2] where he became a member of the Alpha charge of Theta Delta Chi fraternity.[3]


After graduating from Union College, he studied law in the office of Judge James M. Humphrey,[6] was admitted to the New York bar in 1866, and commenced practice in Buffalo, New York under Humphrey, Lockwood & Hoyt.[3] He was District Attorney of Erie County from January 1, 1875, until October 1, 1877.[2]

Lockwood was elected as a Democrat to the 43rd United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1879. He was a delegate to the 1880 and 1884 Democratic National Conventions. In 1884, he nominated Grover Cleveland, his closest friend,[1] for President.[7] Lockwood was appointed the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York by President Cleveland, and served from 1886 to 1889.[2]

Lockwood was elected again to the 52nd and 53rd United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1891, to March 3, 1895. While serving in Congress,[8] in 1894, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on three Democratic tickets with David B. Hill and Everett P. Wheeler for Governor, but was defeated by Republican Charles T. Saxton. Lockwood was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.[2]

Later careerEdit

After the end of his political career he resumed his law practice before being selected by then New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt to serve as the general manager from New York at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, the site of William McKinley's assassination.[9]

He also served as president and manager of the Akron Cement Works, the Buffalo Sewer Pipe Company,[6] and the Buffalo, New York & Erie Railroad Company.[10] He was a director of the New York and New Jersey Bridge Company and the Merchants' Bank and the Third National Bank.[6]

In 1903, Lockwood was appointed by Governor Benjamin Odell to the New York State Lunacy Commission, a position which he held until his death.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On October 18, 1870,[6] Lockwood was married to Sarah Brown (1847–1898), daughter of Thomas Brown.[4] He lived in a mansion on Niagara Street in Buffalo.[7] Together, they were the parents of two children:

Lockwood died on his birthday[4] at his home in Buffalo, New York, on June 1, 1906, after suffering from diabetes and gangrene.[1] He was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c "DANIEL N. LOCKWOOD DEAD. He Nominated Grover Cleveland for Mayor and Governor". The New York Times. 2 June 1906. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "LOCKWOOD, Daniel Newton - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e The Shield: Official Publication of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. 1906. p. 206. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cutter, William Richard (1912). Genealogical and Family History of Western New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 718. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ Holden, Frederic A.; Lockwood, E. Dunbar (1889). Descendants of Robert Lockwood: Colonial and Revolutionary History of the Lockwood Family in America, from A.D. 1630. Printed privately by the family. p. 684. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Hon. Daniel Newton Lockwood - Erie County, NY Biographies". The Boston History Company. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "DANIEL N. LOCKWOOD DYING.; Was the Nominator of Grover Cleveland Three Times". The New York Times. 4 May 1906. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Lockwood for Governor.; the Congressman Announces Himself as a Candidate". The New York Times. 7 June 1891. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ Jacknis, Ira; Snead, James; McVicker, Donald (2016). Coming of Age in Chicago: The 1893 World's Fair and the Coalescence of American Anthropology. U of Nebraska Press. p. 203. ISBN 9780803284494. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ Raymond, Andrew Van Vranken (1907). Union University: Its History, Influence, Characteristics and Equipment, with the Lives and Works of Its Founders, Benefactors, Officers, Regents, Faculty, and the Achievements of Its Alumni. Union College, Albany Medical College, Albany Law School, Dudley Observatory, Albany College of Pharmacy. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 120. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ A History of the City of Buffalo: Its Men and Institutions : Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens. Buffalo Evening News. 1908. p. 218. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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