John Strode BARBOUR, Jr., Congress, VA (1820-1892)

Senate Years of Service:

BARBOUR, John Strode, Jr., (son of the John Strode Barbour), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born at “Catalpa,” near Culpeper, Culpeper County, Va., December 29, 1820; attended the common schools and graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Culpeper; member of the State house of delegates 1847-1851; president of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad Co. 1852-1881; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh, and the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1886; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1889, until his death in Washington, D.C., May 14, 1892; interment in the burial ground at “Poplar Hill,” Prince Georges County, Md.


Dictionary of American Biography; U.S. Congress. Memorial Services for John S. Barbour, Jr. 52nd Cong., 2nd sess., 1892-1893. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1893; Quinn, James Thomas. ”Senator John S. Barbour, Jr. and the Restoration of Virginia Democracy, 1883-1892.” Master’s thesis, University of Virginia, 1966.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present