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Joseph BARKER

(1751-1815)

BARKER, Joseph, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Branford, Conn., October 19, 1751; attended the common schools in Branford, Harvard College for two years, and was graduated from Yale College in 1771; studied theology; licensed to preach January 3, 1775; ordained to the ministry December 5, 1781, and was installed as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Middleboro, Plymouth County, Mass.; elected as a Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809); was not a candidate for renomination in 1808; member of the State house of representatives in 1812 and 1813; continued in the ministry at Middleboro, Mass., until his death, July 5, 1815; interment in Green Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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