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Henry W. BARRY

(1840-1875)

BARRY, Henry W., a Representative from Mississippi; born in Schoharie County, N.Y., in April 1840; self-educated; principal of Locust Grove Academy in Kentucky; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army; organized a regiment of colored troops in Kentucky; commissioned first lieutenant of the Tenth Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, November 21, 1861; colonel of the Eighth United States Colored Artillery April 28, 1864; brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers March 13, 1865; mustered out May 11, 1866; was graduated from the law department of Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1867; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Columbus, Lowndes County, Miss.; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; member of the State senate in 1868; upon the readmission of the State of Mississippi to representation was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first, Forty-second, and Forty-third Congresses and served from February 23, 1870, to March 3, 1875; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses); died in Washington, D.C., June 7, 1875; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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