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BARNARD, Isaac D., senator, born in Aston, Pennsylvania, 18 July 1791; died in Westchester, Pennsylvania, 28 February 1834. He began to study law in Chester, Pennsylvania, after receiving a common-school education; but the war of 1812 intervening before he was qualified for the bar, he accepted a captaincy in the 14th infantry, 12 March 1812. He served with distinction at the capture of Fort George, Canada (27 May 1813), and at Lyon's creek (19 October 1814), after which engagement he was promoted major. In 1815 he resumed his legal studies, was admitted to the bar in 1816, and appointed deputy attorney general in 1817. Three years later he was elected to the state senate. In 1826 he became secretary of state for Pennsylvania, and In 1827 was chosen United States senator, resigning in 1831.
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