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Barnes COMPTON

(1830-1898)

COMPTON, Barnes, (great-grandson of Philip Key), a Representative from Maryland; born in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md., November 16, 1830; attended Charlotte Hall Academy, St. Marys County, Md., and was graduated from Princeton College in June 1851; engaged in agricultural pursuits and as a planter; member of the State house of delegates in 1860 and 1861; member of the State senate in 1867, 1868, 1870, and 1872, and served as president in 1868 and 1870; State tobacco inspector in 1873 and 1874; State treasurer 1874-1885; moved to Laurel, Prince Georges County, Md., in 1880; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); presented credentials as Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to March 20, 1890, when he was succeeded by Sydney Mudd, who contested the election; elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1891, until his resignation, effective May 15, 1894; appointed by President Cleveland naval officer at Baltimore, Md., and served from 1894 to 1898; died in Laurel, Md., December 4, 1898; interment in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.

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

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