A native of the Canadian province of Quebec, Samuel Newton was best known in French Canada as a successful businessman and engineer. After graduating with bachelors and masters degrees in engineering from McGill University, in 1902 and 1903 respectively, he joined the Rand Drill Company’s Canadian operations as a draughtsman. Two years later the firm merged with the Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company and became Ingersoll Rand, a name that it retains as of 2013, and Newton became chief draughtsman in 1910. He served as head of engineering for the corporation’s munitions arm during World War I and was later put in charge of several of the business’ plants. In 1929 he was named chief engineer of the Canadian operations and became vice-president in 1934, where he remained until his death in 1944. He also served in executive capacities at the Newton Construction Company and the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company, and was a member of the boards of numerous organizations. In politics, he spent ten years on the city council of Sherbrooke, Quebec, serving as chairman of the Parks and Electric and Gas Committees. In the sports world, he was selected to represent Canada at the 1924 Summer Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the trap shooting team event, alongside William Barnes, George Beattie, John Black, James Montgomery, and Samuel Vance. This team also came in third at that year’s British Championships.