Newman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to James and Katherine "Kat" Newman.
Newman graduated from the U.S. Navel Academy in 1951, and served in the Korean War as a submariner. Newman retired from the Navy with rank of lieutenant in 1959. After the Navy, Newman returned to Pennsylvania where he worked for his father's department store, Newman's. In short order he through the company to be the Executive Vice-President (at that point only his father was above him), during his time as Vice-President he oversaw the opening of two more Newman's stores in Pittsburgh and Erie. A wealthy man with strong morals, Newman would hold many fundraisers at his estate and eventually got into local politics, elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1966 and then being elected to the United States House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in 1970. He was a stickler for the civil rights after having served alongside African-American's in the Navy. He was present at the March on Washington and knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1978 he was elected to the position of Governor of Pennsylvania by a wide margin 57% to 30% with an Independent candidate winning 13% of the vote. He won re-election four years later in 1982 with an even wider margin 65% to 35%. In later 1985 he was pushed to combat Senator Don Troup of Michigan for the Democratic Nomination for President. Although Troup was the party's presumptive nominee, he was considered too pompous and out-of-touch with the American people and a "light-weight" who would not be able to win the Presidential election. After a lunch with three Democrat governors, three senators, two congressmen, and a former Secretary of State; Newman was convinced by the group to run and so he entered his name into the election on the last day a candidate was able to. The campaign got off to a rough start despite having the support of many Democratic politicians as Troup tried to paint Newman to be a "radical" while trying to paint himself to be the party's "stable, moderate" choice. However over time Troup's smear campaign backfired on himself when it became clear that his comments on Newman being a "radical" was referring to Newman's part in the civil right's movement which made Troup seem like a racist. He took a far lead after Super Tuesday and eventually the candidates were whittled down to Newman and Senator Fred Joyce of Alabama who would eventually become Newman's Vice-Presidential nominee. Together Newman and Joyce defeated the Republican nominee Governor Roland Hamill of New York and his running-mate Senator Henry "Ren" Gardener of Minnesota with 52% of the popular vote and the electoral college vote of 321 to 216.
On July 7, 1956, Newman married Sandra Marie "Sissy" Potts of Kennebunkport, Maine. the couple would have a strong marriage that produced three children:Ross; Lydia; and Jennifer.
President Newman maintained close ties with Saudi Arabia and its royal family, something he would regret years later. He had many meetings and "lunches" with the Saudi prince promising a variety of military arms to maintain a stable region. The Newman administration spent an estimated $200 billion on foreign oil imports and $100 billion on protecting Middle Eastern states. Newman used the same plane for Air Force One as later Presidents Lassiter and Bartlet. It was reconditioned and reconfigured after his presidency.
Newman only served one term and lost in his reelection bid to his Republican successor, presumably Owen Lassiter.
As a former President, Newman kept a close eye on intelligence matters and received NSC briefings every morning. Newman maintained close contact with former President Lassiter after his presidency. During the MS scandal, Lassiter advised Newman not to go on CNN denouncing President Bartlet for hiding his multiple sclerosis. After former President Lassiter's death, Newman chose to fly with Lassiter's aging staff to Washington, DC before travelling on Air Force One with Presidents Bartlet and Walken to the Lassiter Library in Costa Mesa.
During the Bartlet Administration, Newman was a silent critic of the President, feeling that his commitment to liberal policies and Democratic ideals was not strong enough, though he followed the advice of his successor, Lassiter, in not openly criticizing a sitting President. In private, however, Newman would give Bartlet a vicious tongue lashing if he disagreed with his performance, particularly in matters of foreign policy, which Bartlet himself admitted was never his greatest strength. Newman was equally critical of Republican presidents, whose foreign policies he felt were reactionary and war-mongering.
All information about President Newman comes from the episode The Stormy Present.
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