Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens


JOHN GLENN NEWBILL. Judge John G. Newbill, the present judge of the police court of Springfield, is serving his second term in that now important office. When reelected in April, 1914, he was the only candidate on the Democratic ticket who carried every ward in the city. He was appointed by President Cleveland to the position of register of the United States land office at Springfield in 1894, and discharged the duties of that office during a term of four years, more than a year of which time was under the administration of President McKinley. Judge Newbill is also editor of The Express, an earnest and strictly reliable Democratic weekly newspaper that he established on April 1, 1881. For a period of fourteen years he was the efficient secretary of the Democratic central committee of Greene county, and during all his journalistic career he has been a well known correspondent of different metropolitan daily newspapers, as well as agent of the Associated Press when William Henry Smith was its able manager.

John Glenn Newbill is a native of southwest Missouri, his first recollection beginning on his father's fine farm two and one-half miles west of Springfield on the Mt. Vernon road. His father, Tyree Glenn Newbill, was a native of Franklin county, Virginia, in which all his ancestors located when they came to America during the days of the colonies, prior to the Revolution, in which a number of them took an active part as soldiers in the army of General Washington. Judge Newbill's parents came to Greene county in the early fifties, and his father was one of the most enterprising farmers and stock raisers in this section. He was the president of the local fair association the two years preceding the War of the Rebellion, and like his son, was an earnest and devoted Free Mason, the names of both as members being in the archives of United Lodge No. 5 and Springfield Chapter No. 15, Royal Arch Masons. Judge Newbill is also a thirty-second degree Mason of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, his membership being in Joplin Consistory No. 3, at Joplin, Missouri.

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