Samuel Fleming BARR, Congress, PA (1829-1919)


BARR, Samuel Fleming, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Coleraine, County Antrim, Ireland, June 15, 1829; immigrated to the United States in 1831 with his parents, who settled in Harrisburg, Pa.; attended the common schools; freight agent of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad in 1855 and 1856; early in the Civil War was employed upon government railways in and about Washington, D.C.; editor of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Telegraph 1873-1878; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; lived in retirement until his death, residing in San Diego, Calif., in the winter and in Seal Harbor, Maine, during the summer season; died in San Diego, Calif., May 29, 1919; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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