Henry J. Newton was born in Pennsylvania in 1823. At the age of 17, Newton was apprenticing the piano trade in Connecticut. In 1850, Newton moved to New York City and went into partnership with Ferdinand Lighte, establishing the firm of Lighte & Newton. In 1854, William Bradbury joined the firm, and the name was changed to Lighte, Newton & Bradbury. In 1858, Newton withdrew from the firm to establish his own firm. Henry Newton continued to build pianos under his own name until his retirement from the industry in 1857. We have had a few pianos by Henry J. Newton come through our shop over the years, and they are consistently exceedingly well made instruments.