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James Madison Barker

James Madison Barker, American retail executive. Member Price Adjustment Board, Chicago Ordnance District, War Department, 1942-1947; member reorganization committee C.M.S.P. & P. Railway Company, 1945-1946, voting trustee, 1946-1950,; member Real Property Task Force Hoover Commision on Organisation Executive Branch Government Engineering library Massachusetts Institute Technology named for him, 1970.

Background

  • Barker, James Madison was born on March 13, 1886 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles T. and Emma J. (Burke) Barker.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1907. Doctor of Science, Middlebury College, 1939. Doctor of Laws, Westminister College, 1964.

    Career

    • Assistant, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1907-1909. Draftsman, designer American Bridge Company, 1909-1910. Engineer Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Bureau Engineering Statistics, New York, 1910-1912.

      With Electronic Arts Tucker Company, Boston, 1912-1913. Instructor Harvard, 1914-1915. Instructor, assistant professor structural engineering, consultant structural engineer Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1914-1919.

      Construction engineering Division Construction and Repair Department Navy, 1918. With 1st National Bank, Boston, 1919-1920, manager, Buenos Aires, Argentina, branch, 1920-1928. With Sears, Roebuck & Company, from 1928, successively regional manager, Philadelphia, eastern vice president, retail administrator vice president, vice-president and treasurer, vice president, treasurer, controller, director, 1930-1968, named honorary director, 1968.

      Director Allstate Insurance Company, 1935-1968, chairman finance committee, 1956-1960, Chairman of the Board, 1943-1960, subsequently honorary director, director Harris Trust & Savings Bank, Chicago, 1939-1956.

    Membership

    Member Price Adjustment Board, Chicago Ordnance District, War Department, 1942-1947. Member reorganization committee C.M.S.P. & P. Railway Company, 1945-1946, voting trustee, 1946-1950. Member Real Property Task Force Hoover Commision on Organisation Executive Branch Government Engineering library Massachusetts Institute Technology named for him, 1970.

    Clubs: Chicago, University, Commercial, Wayfarers (Chicago).

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Clark Rankin, April 13, 1914. Children: Robert Rankin, Hugh, Cecily Helen (Mistress R.W. Finley), Ralph.
    • father: Charles T. Barker
    • mother: Emma J. (Burke) Barker
    • spouse: Margaret Clark Rankin
    • children: Robert Rankin Barker
    • Hugh Barker
    • Cecily Helen Barker (Mistress R.W. Finley)
    • Ralph Barker
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    Died July 3, 1974
    (aged 88)
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