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Bryant B. Newcomb
Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey
In office
1912–1916
Elected Member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Monmouth County
In office
1918–1921
Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
1921–1933
Preceded byWilliam M. Bergen
Succeeded byFrederic P. Reichey
Personal details
Born
Bryant Baxter Newcomb

(1867-08-23)August 23, 1867
Landis Township, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 1, 1945(1945-02-01) (aged 77)
Long Branch, New Jersey
NationalityUnited States of America
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Selena Warwick (died 1897)
Viola M. Warwick (died 1936)

Bryant Baxter Newcomb (August 22, 1867 – February 1, 1945) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey and served as the Director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He was director of the Long Branch Building and Loan Association. He was the business manager for the Monmouth County Publishing Company that published the Daily Record.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Bowman was born in Landis Township, New Jersey,[1] to Franklin and Caroline Newcombe. The family moved to Long Branch where Franklin worked as a contractor. Bryant attended city primary and secondary schools. He then worked as a bookkeeper and confidential secretary at Bayley and Burns, where he stayed for 18 years.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

He served as the Long Branch, New Jersey City Clerk from 1902-1912 before being elected to the City Commission, where he was chosen to serve as Mayor for the years 1912 through 1916.[3][2] He was the first mayor elected under the commission form of government,[2] a form created by the 1911 Walsh Act. Newcomb was an advocate of the form.[4] In 1913, a recall campaign was instigated against Newcomb and two city commissioners.[5] In 1915, Newcomb organized mayors and prominent property owners along the New Jersey Short to create a coast protection league, of which he was made president. The group sought to organize support in state and national legislation for improved coastal management.[6] After his term, he moved to New York City, where he worked with the banking and brokerage firm of John Nickerson, Jr. He then moved back to Long Branch where he became manager of F. M. Taylor Publishing Co. (Later the Monmouth County Publishing Co.), publishers of the Long Branch Record.[1][2][3]

Newcomb was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in the 1918 general election, and served five three year terms. He served as Director of the Board from 1921 through 1933. In the early 1920s, he became president and director of the Long Branch Building and Loan Association, where he worked for 20 years.[2][3]

Bryant B. Newcomb's tenure on the Board of Freeholders coincided with the increased use of the automobile during the 1920s, and millions of dollars were invested in the county's infrastructure during this time. Newcomb was chairman of the roads committee which supervised construction of $2 million worth of county roads.[2] He also served on the finance committee, bridge committee, jail committee, and surplus fund committee.[2]

In 1933, Newcomb and his running mate, Arthur Johnson, were defeated by Democrats Arthur Pryor and Henry W. Herbert.[7]

After leaving the board, Newcomb retired from politics, remaining in the newspaper business until retiring in 1937.[8] He returned to the paper as business manager emeritus in 1940.[9]

Newcomb also worked as a firefighter with the Atlantic and Independent Fire Companies of the Long Branch Fire Department.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Newcomb was married twice. First to Selena Warwick with whom he had three children: Franklin T., Selena W., and Bryant B. Jr. He later married Selena's sister, Viola M. Warwick with whom he had two sons: W. Howard and Thomas W.[3] His second wife died on February 12, 1936.[10][2]

He died on February 1, 1945 at Monmouth Memorial Hospital from his injuries he sustained after being struck by a taxicab.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "B. B. Newcomb Killed. Long Branch Leader". New York Times. February 2, 1945. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Jersey Pioneer, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 31 Oct 1971, page 39, accessed via Newspapers.com open access
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 History of Monmouth County, New Jersey 1664 - 1920, 1922, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc. p56-57
  4. Tell How Cities Prosper under Rule of Commission, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 5 Dec 1914, page 1 and 3, accessed via Newspapers.com open access
  5. Citizens will try Recall, The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) 12 Aug 1913, p 1, accessed Newspapers.com open access
  6. Officials Unite for Shore Protection, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 25 Jan 1915, page 6, accessed at Newspapers.com open access
  7. Republicans Lose County Control; M'Campbell High, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 8 Nov 1933, page 19, accessed via Newspapers.com open access
  8. Ends 20 Years With Newspaper, New York Times (New York, New York) 31 Aug 1937, p 25
  9. B. B. Newcomb Killed by Taxi At Long Branch, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 2 Feb 1945, page 1 and 3, accessed via Newspapers.com open access
  10. "Mrs. Bryant B. Newcomb". New York Times. February 14, 1936. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Bergen
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
1921-1933
Succeeded by
Frederic P. Reichey


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