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Jim Newton & his Uncommon Friends Harvey Firestone & Thomas Edison (bottom)

Uncommon Friends Foundation

A spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose and a commitment to positive values and unending personal growth are the building blocks of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Inc. These noble personality traits were exhibited by some of the greatest men of the 20th century –  Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh – and were elaborated on by author Jim Newton, who dubbed this band of visionaries his “Uncommon Friends.”

The Foundation’s passion and goal is to see that the arresting qualities of these historic and bold men continue to be embraced today and for the generations to come. As Jim Newton proclaimed,”The best is yet to be!” This is the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Our Mission

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

Jim Newton and Henry Ford circa 1910

Newton Archives Exhibit Open 2/25 – 4/22/16

Jim Newton’s most significant historical documents and artifacts are currently on public display in a special exhibit at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Library from February 25 to April 22 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays). Read more

A MUST SEE: Check out Newton’s archives and artifacts in great detail, now available digitally online at Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU’s Digital Exhibit


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