US Congressman. He was elected to represent three different Virginia Congressional Districts and as At-Large in the United States House of Representatives, serving three separate stretches in office. He was first elected at an At-Large Delegate, then to represent the 20th District, then the 21st, then finally the 1st District, serving from 1801 to 1830. His last term saw him elected in 1831, and he served from 1831 to 1833. He was the father of Civil War Union Major General John Newton.