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

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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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referencedIn Harrison, James O., 1804-1888. Papers of James O. Harrison, 1803-1912 (bulk 1836-1888). Library of Congress
creatorOf Buchanan, James, 1791-1868. James Buchanan papers : letter and land warrant, 1833-1860. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. Martin Van Buren letter, 1829 Oct. 22. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. William T. Barry papers : letters and signatures, 1827- 1829. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Pirtle family. Pirtle-Rogers family papers, 1797-1875. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. Autograph letter signed : Lexington, to Walker Reid, 1813 June 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. Letters of William T. Barry, 1798-1835. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn James O. Harrison Papers, 1803-1913, (bulk 1836-1888) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Smith, Francis O. J. (Francis Ormand Jonathan), 1806-1876. Papers, 1827-1838. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Innes, Harry, 1752-1816. Harry Innes : miscellaneous papers, 1800-1809. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. William Taylor Barry : papers, 1798-1835. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. Letters, 1829, 1830. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Thomas, James, Colonel. Account book and letter, 1828-1833. Raymond H. Fogler Library
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Eaton, John Henry, 1790-1856. Letter, 1828 Aug. 31. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Thayer, George W. Lucius Lyon papers, 1770-1934, bulk 1833-1851. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Clinton (N.Y.). Letter, 1834 March 4. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn United States. Post Office Department. Appointment, 1833 January 25. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Campbell, Arthur Lee, 1780-1838. Arthur Lee Campbell Papers, 1801-1837. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf William Taylor Barry letters, 1815, 1830 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Milan Area Historical Society. Milan Area Historical Society collected historical materials, 1833-ca. 1950 (scattered) University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lucius Lyon papers, Lyon, Lucius, papers, 1770-1934, 1833-1851 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. William T. Barry papers : letters and signatures, 1827- 1829. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Knott, J. Proctor (James Proctor), 1830-1911. Speeches. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. William T. Barry correspondence, 1832. Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1835-1856. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Taylor, James, 1769-1848. James Taylor and family papers, 1783-1845. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
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correspondedWith Barry, William T. (William Taylor), 1785-1835. person
associatedWith Buchanan, James, 1791-1868. person
associatedWith Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836. person
associatedWith Campbell, Arthur Lee, 1780-1838. person
associatedWith Clinton (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Eaton, John Henry, 1790-1856. person
associatedWith Griswold, Rufus W. (Rufus Wilmot), 1815-1857 person
associatedWith Harrison, James O., 1804-1888. person
associatedWith Houston, Sam, 1793-1863. person
associatedWith Innes, Harry, 1752-1816. person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. person
correspondedWith Knott, J. Proctor (James Proctor), 1830-1911. person
associatedWith Milan Area Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Porter, David, 1780-1843. person
associatedWith Reid, Walker, person
associatedWith Smith, Francis O. J. (Francis Ormand Jonathan), 1806-1876. person
associatedWith Taylor, James, 1769-1848. person
associatedWith Thayer, George W. person
associatedWith Thayer, George W. person
associatedWith Thomas, James, Colonel. person
associatedWith Transylvania University. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Post Office Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862. person
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Birth 1784-02-05

Death 1835-08-30

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