Strong, Newton D.

Born: 1809-10-17 Connecticut

Died: 1866-08-08 Saint Louis, Missouri

Strong graduated from Yale College in 1831 and later studied law in his brother's Reading, Pennsylvania, law office. In 1834 Strong established a law office in Alton, Illinois. On September 24, 1844, he married Matilda Edwards, the daughter of Cyrus Edwards and cousin of Ninian W. Edwards. In 1850, he and Matilda were living in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he was practicing law and reported $10,000 in real property. Matilda died in February 1851, in Philadelphia. In 1853, Strong settled in St. Louis, Missouri and entered in a law practice with his cousin, George P. Strong. Strong was co-counsel with Abraham Lincoln in the important federal case of Eads & Nelson v. Ohio & Mississippi RR.

W. V. N. Bay, Reminiscences of the Bench and Bar of Missouri (St. Louis: F. H. Thomas, 1878), 559-60; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Madison County, 24 September 1844, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Gravestone, Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Northwest Ward, Reading, Berks County, PA, 229; Eads & Nelson v. Ohio & Mississippi RR, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009),