Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835

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Birth 1784-02-05
Death 1835-08-30

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Kentucky lawyer, state legislator, lieutenant governor, judge, U.S. congressman and senator, and postmaster general.

From the description of William Taylor Barry : papers, 1798-1835. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46719672

U.S. senator and representative from Kentucky, U.S. postmaster general, jurist, and diplomat.

From the description of William T. Barry correspondence, 1832. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450159

Washington, D.C. resident, lawyer, and postmaster general.

From the description of Letters, 1829, 1830. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 34122370

Kentucky lawyer and politician, (1785-1835), Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice of Kentucky, and later Postmaster General of United States in Andrew Jackson's Cabinet.

From the description of Letters of William T. Barry, 1798-1835. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32671973

William Taylor Barry was born in Lunenberg County, Virginia, on February 5, 1784, and migrated to Fayette County, Kentucky, during the mid-1790's. Barry was appointed commonwealth attorney in 1805, and in 1820 he ran for lieutenant governor on the Relief Party ticket. He won the election and served under Governor John Adair until 1824. After serving his term in office he was appointed chief judge of the New Court. Barry seemed to have met his political demise when New Court Candidates were routed by voters in the 1828 elections. His support of Andrew Jackson in the 1828 presidential elections won him the position of Postmaster General. He was forced to resign this position in 1835 because of congressional investigations into his term. He died shortly thereafter, in August of 1835, on his way to become minister to Spain.

Samuel Houston's note was penned to Barry after Houston had resigned from office as Governor of Tennessee and moved to the Arkansas Territory. He eventually settled in what is today the state of Texas, and led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico.

From the description of William T. Barry papers : letters and signatures, 1827- 1829. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36768893


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