BARNUM, William Henry (1818-1889)

BARNUM, WILLIAM HENRY, a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Boston Corner, Columbia County, N.Y., September 17, 1818; attended the common schools; apprenticed to the trade of iron founder and subsequently admitted to partnership by his father, who was engaged in the iron business at Lime Rock, Conn.; member, State house of representatives 1851-1852; elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1867, until May 18, 1876, when he resigned to become Senator; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Orris S. Ferry and served from May 18, 1876, to March 3, 1879; chair, Democratic National Committee 1876-1889; resumed his former manufacturing pursuits; died at Lime Rock, Litchfield County, Conn., April 30, 1889; interment in the Lime Rock Cemetery in Salisbury, Conn.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1 letter.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in the George Washington Julian papers, 1789-1902.

University of Connecticut Libraries
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Storrs, CT
Papers: Business papers of Barnum in Barnum Richardson Company records, 1832-1925, 19 boxes; and 126 pages of drafts of letters and speeches (1868-1869) criticizing Radical Reconstruction.

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