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James Barbour

secretary of war , senator

James Barbour, American senator, secretary of war. member Virginia House of Delegates, 1798-1812, epeaker. 1809, drew up bill which established Virginia Literary Fund, 1810; member United States Senate (Democrat) from Virginia, 1815-1825, chairman coms. military affairs, foreign relations.

Background

Barbour, James was born on June 10, 1775 in Barboursville, Virginia, United States. Son of Colonel Thomas and Mary (Thomas) Barbour.

Education

Doctor of Civil Law (honorary), Oxford (England) University, 1829.

Career

Admitted to Virginia bar, 1794. Supported Virginia resolutions of 1798. Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1798-1812, epeaker.

1809, drew up bill which established Virginia Literary Fund, 1810. Governor Virginia, 1812-1815. Member United States Senate (Democrat) from Virginia, 1815-1825, chairman coms. military affairs, foreign relations.

United States secretary of war, 1825-1828. Appointed United States minister to Great Britain, 1828-1829. President Virginia Agricultural Society.

Membership

Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1798-1812, epeaker. 1809, drew up bill which established Virginia Literary Fund, 1810. Member United States Senate (Democrat) from Virginia, 1815-1825, chairman coms. military affairs, foreign relations.

Connections

Married Lucy Johnson, 1792, 5 children.

father:
Colonel Thomas Barbour

mother:
Mary (Thomas) Barbour

spouse:
Lucy Johnson