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Silas Reynolds BARTON

(1872-1916)

BARTON, Silas Reynolds, a Representative from Nebraska; born in New London, Henry County, Iowa, May 21, 1872; moved to Hamilton County, Nebr., in 1873 with his parents; was graduated from the Aurora High School and attended the Peru (Nebr.) State Normal School; engaged in agricultural pursuits and taught school; deputy treasurer of Hamilton County 1898-1901; grand recorder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen of Nebraska 1901-1908; president for two terms of the Grand Recorders’ Association of the United States; State auditor 1909-1913; during his two terms as auditor and insurance commissioner was a member of the National Executive Committee of Insurance Commissioners; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); was a candidate for election to the Sixty-fifth Congress, but died before election day in Grand Island, Hall County, Nebr., November 7, 1916; interment in Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebr.

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