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BARRUNDIA, Jose Francisco (bar-roon'-de-a), Central American statesman, born in Guatemala about 1780; died in New York, 4 August 1854. Many members of his family were eminent in the service of Spain, but he early opposed the mother country, and in 1813 was sentenced to death for treason. He and his fellow-conspirators hid themselves in the mountains for six years, when Barrundia placed himself at the head of the revolutionary party of Guatemala. He was conspicuous in the struggle for independence, and was a member of the first republican constituent assembly. On 10 April 1824, he introduced and carried a decree for the immediate abolition of slavery throughout the republic, and he subsequently procured the adoption of a code modeled after that of Livingston for the state of Louisiana, which he had translated into Spanish. In 1825 he declined the office of vice-president, but in 1829 accepted that of president, and devoted himself to educational and other reforms. When in 1852 three of the five states that had composed the old republic again united, he was unanimously chosen president; but, as two of the states seceded, he resigned, and employed himself in preparing a narrative of Central American events. In the hope of regain-lug his ascendancy in Guatemala through American influence, he set out in 1854 for Washington as minister of Honduras, with the alleged design of negotiating for its annexation to the United States, but died of apoplexy. BARRY, Henry W., soldier, born in New York city; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 7 June 1875. He was self-educated in the city of his birth, and so improved his opportunities that in early manhood he became principal of the Locust Grove academy, Kentucky. He then studied law and was graduated at the Columbian law College, Washington, District of Columbia He entered the union army as a private early in the civil war, and organized the first regiment of colored troops raised in Kentucky. He commanded a brigade, and for a time a division, and was brevetted Major-General of volunteers. As a member of the state constitutional convention of Mississippi in 1867, he was active during the reconstruction period and was chosen state senator in 1868, and elected to congress the same year. Reelected for successive terms by the votes of the colored republicans of Mississippi, he retained his seat in congress until his death. During his last term he was chairman of the committee on postal expenditures.
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