Barré, Isaac bâr´ē [key], 1726–1802, British soldier and politician. He served under Gen. James Wolfe in the French and Indian Wars and was wounded at Quebec (1759). Entering Parliament in 1761, he was adjutant general and governor of Stirling (1763–64), vice treasurer of Ireland (1764–68), treasurer of the navy in the 2d Rockingham ministry (1782), and paymaster general under Lord Shelburne (1782–83). A powerful orator, he constantly condemned the taxing and repression of the American colonists. His advocacy of their cause is commemorated in the names of Barre, Mass., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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