Francis Newman

Francis Newman (circa 1605 – 18 November 1660) was an English colonist in America. He served as Governor of the New Haven Colony from 1658 to 1659.

Francis Newman
2nd Governor New Haven Colony
In office
May, 1658 – 18 November 1660
Preceded byTheophilus Eaton
Succeeded byWilliam Leete
Personal details
Died18 November 1660
New Haven Colony, Connecticut
Spouse(s)Mary Newman Street Leete

Early life and careerEdit

Newman was born in England in 1605 and married Mary Newman Street Leete in 1630 when he was twenty-five. He emigrated to New Hampshire in 1634, but shortly thereafter moved to the Connecticut valley.[1]

Newman was prominent in the affairs of the colony at New Haven, becoming ensign in the trained band in June, 1642. He was made surveyor of roads and bridges on 21 October 1644. He rose to Deputy and Lieutenant of Artillery on 31 March 1645; interim secretary on 10 March 1646; and Deputy for Jurisdiction and Secretary on 18 October 1647. He became Magistrate on 25 May 1653.[2] In 1653, he was one of the commissioners sent from the Connecticut River towns to Manhattan to demand reparation of Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of New Netherland, for injuries sustained by the English colonists at the hands of the Dutch. In July, 1654, he became one of the commissioners of the United Colonies of New England.[3]

In May 1658, Newman succeeded Eaton as Governor of the New Haven Colony, and served until his death.[4]


Newman died on 18 November 1660. Location of his remains is unknown.


  1. ^ "Francis Newman". Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1894). "Newman, Francis" . Dictionary of National Biography. 40. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ Francis Newman. Dictionary of American Biography. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Theophilus Eaton
Governor of the New Haven Colony
Succeeded by
William Leete