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BARBOUR, John Strode, senator, born in Culpeper county, Virginia, 29 December, 1820. He was educated at the University of Virginia, adopted the profession of law, served several terms in the legislature, and was active in state polities. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1880, and served three terms. In 1883 he became chairman of the Democratic organization in Virginia, succeeded in preventing the re-election of General William Mahone, and secured the defeat of the Readjuster party. He continued chairman of the Virginia Democratic committee in 1884-'8, and was active in the canvass for the election of Grovet Cleveland to the presidency. In 1888 he was chosen United States senator as a Democrat. He has been active in railroad matters, and is president of the Virginia midland railroad company.
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