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BARNUM, William H., senator, born in Connecticut, 17 September 1818. He was educated at the public schools, and in 1836 went into business. He was for many years engaged in the manufacture of car-wheels, and in the production of iron from the ore. He was elected to the state legislature in 1852, was a delegate to the union national convention at Philadelphia in 1866, was sent to congress as a democrat in 1866, and retained his seat by successive reelections till 1876, in which year he was elected to the United States senate to fill the term of Orris S. Ferry, deceased, ending 4 March 1879.
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