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BARRY, William Taylor, statesman, born in Lunenburg, Virginia, 5 February 1785; died in Liverpool, England, 30 August 1885. He went to Kentucky in 1796, was graduated at William and Mary College in 1807, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced at Lexington, Kentucky, where his eloquence soon brought him into notice. He served in both branches of the Kentucky legislature, and, in December 1810, was elected to congress to fill a vacancy, serving until 3 March 1811. In the war of 1812 he was aide to Governor Shelby, and was present at the battle of the Thames, 5 October 1813. He was appointed to the United States senate, in February 1815, to fill a vacancy, and resigned, in 1816, to become a judge of the Kentucky Supreme Court. He was afterward lieutenant governor, state secretary, and chief justice of the state. On 9 March 1829, he was appointed postmaster- general. The incumbent of this office was not then a cabinet minister. President Jackson elevated him to that rank in order to gratify his friend Major Barry. Much dissatisfaction was expressed with his management of the department, and he was severely denounced on the floor of the house by William Cost Johnson, of Maryland, and others. A son of Major Barry, then a lieutenant in the army, challenged Johnson, but the challenge was withdrawn after its acceptance. On 10 April 1835, he resigned, to accept the office of minister to Spain, and died on his way to that country. His remains were brought home by order of the Kentucky legislature, and buried at Frankfort, 8 November 1854.BARRY, William Taylor Sullivan, lawyer, born in Columbus, Mississippi, 10 December 1821: died there, 29 January 1868. He was graduated at Yale in 1841, then studied law, and practiced in Columbus for a few years. From 1849 to 1851 he was a member of the legislature. He owned plantations in Ok-tibbeha and Sunflower counties, and in 1853 removed to the latter place. He was elected to congress as a democrat, serving from 5 December 1853, to 3 March 1855. On 18 December 1854, he made an effective speech against the "Know-Nothing" party. After the expiration of his term he devoted himself to his law practice in Columbus, and was again sent to the legislature, being speaker of the house in 1855. He was a member of the Charleston democratic national convention in April 1860, and was one of those that withdrew because the convention did not expressly deny in its platform the power of the federal government to legislate against slavery. In 1861 he presided over the Mississippi secession convention, and was a member of the provisional confederate congress until 1862, when he resigned to enter the army. In the spring of that year he raised the 35th Mississippi regiment, which he led until captured at Mobile, 9 April 1865. Colonel Barry's regiment took an active part in the defense of Vicksburg, where it was surrendered, and afterward in the Georgia campaign. After the war he practiced law in Columbus until his death. See Lynch's "Bench and Bar of Mississippi" (New York, 1881).
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