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DOYLE, JOHN NEWTON (1838–1895). John Newton Doyle, physician, Confederate surgeon, state representative, farmer, and stock raiser, was born in Pickens District (later Oconee County), South Carolina, on November 27, 1838, the son of James Alexander and Martha Humphries (Dendy) Doyle. Doyle served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army of Virginia during the Civil War. In the late 1860s John Doyle immigrated to Texas and quickly established himself as a prominent physician in Acton, Hood County. Although a Democrat who was not especially active in local politics, he was nominated to run for the Texas House of Representatives in 1872 following a dispute between leading Hood County Democrats. He accepted this nomination and won election as representative for District Twenty-three—comprised of Bosque, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Eastland, Stephens, Callahan, Jones, Shackelford, and Taylor counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. At the conclusion of his term Dr. Doyle returned to Hood County and briefly resumed his practice at Acton before retiring to Granbury and engaging as a farmer and stock raiser. He was active in community affairs there, serving as mayor as well as treasurer for the school board. Dr. John Newton Doyle died in Granbury on October 1, 1895, and was buried at Granbury Cemetery.


Thomas T. Ewell, History of Hood County (Granbury, Texas: Frank Gaston, 1895; rpt., Granbury Junior Woman's Club, 1956). Hood County Texas Genealogical Society (, accessed July 10, 2007. IGI Individual Record: John Newton Doyle (, accessed July 7, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "DOYLE, JOHN NEWTON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on August 20, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.