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BARRY, John S., governor of Michigan, born in Vermont in 1802; died in Constantine, Mich., 14 January 1870. He was educated in the schools of his native state, and, when a young man, went to Atlanta, Georgia, where he lived until 1832, and then removed to Michigan. He had studied law, but became a merchant at Constantine, Mich., and was active in politics there. On the admission of Michigan into the union, in 1836, he was a member of the constitutional convention, and was also chosen a state senator, an office which he again held in 1840. In the latter year he became interested in the cultivation of the sugar-beet, and went to Europe to study the best methods of preparing the sugar. He was elected governor in 1841, and was twice reelected, serving from 1842 to 1846 and from 1850 to 1852. He was again a candidate in 1860, but was defeated. In his successful campaigns he sustained the " Wilmot Proviso," intended to prohibit slavery in the territories. During the civil war he was in sympathy with the ultra wing of the Democratic Party, and was a member of the Chicago convention of August 1864, which nominated General McClellan to the presidency.
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