What were some of Senator Francis Newlands' previous occupations and qualifications for office?
The former Nevada Senator and U. S. Representative Francis Griffith Newlands (1846-1917) was an attorney who represented the owners of the Comstock Lode, the first great silver ore mine discovered in the United States (outside Virginia City, Nevada). Newlands was a native of Natchez, Mississippi who relocated to San Francisco in 1870. He went to work for William Sharon, the primary owner of the Comstock Lode, and Newlands eventually married Clara Sharon, his boss's daughter. He represented the mining interests, moving to Nevada in 1888. About this time, Newlands purchased extensive land in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D. C., areas now known as Chevy Chase, MD and Chevy Chase, District of Columbia. Newlands was a U. S. Congressman representing Nevada from 1893-1903, and he was a significant contributor to the acquisition and creation of the Territory of Hawaii. Newlands served as a U. S. Senator from Nevada from 1903 until his death. His mansion in Reno, the Francis G. Newlands Home, is a National Historic Landmark.