BARROWS, Samuel June (1845-1909)

BARROWS, SAMUEL JUNE, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in New York City May 26, 1845; after attending primary school was graduated from the Harvard Divinity School in the fall of 1871; while at Harvard University was the Boston correspondent of the New York Tribune; went with the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873, under the command of General Stanley, and with the Black Hills Expedition in 1874, commanded by General Custer; in 1873 took part in the Battles of Tongue River and the Big Horn; pastor of the first parish, Dorchester (Boston), Mass., from 1876-1881, when he resigned to become editor of the Christian Register, which position he held for 16 years; American representative to the International Prison Congress of 1895, 1900, and 1905, at which he was elected to serve as president of the 1910 congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; secretary of the New York Prison Association 1899-1909; died in New York City April 21, 1909; remains were cremated and the ashes placed in a private burying ground near Georgeville, Quebec, Canada.

University of Chicago Library
Department of Special Collections
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1897-1910, 1.5 linear feet.
The papers of Samuel June Barrows contain primarily correspondence and document his activities as International Prison Commissioner. A finding aid is available in the library.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Barrows Family Papers, 1861-1931, 26 linear feet.
Correspondents include Samuel J. Barrows. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Swarthmore College
Friends Historical Library
Swarthmore, PA
Papers: In the Branson-Jackson Family Papers, 1794-1962, 4 linear feet.
Other authors include Samuel June Barrows. A finding aid is also available in the library.

  • Barrows, Isabel C. A sunny life; the biography of Samuel June Barrows. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1913.
  • Barrows, Samuel June. Annexation of Hawaii. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Civil-service reform. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Free soup and free lands. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898].
  • ------. Intervention for peace, freedom, and humanity. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. The isles and shrines of Greece. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1898.
  • ------. Jesus as a Penologist. Louisville, Ky.: Press of the Industrial School Gem, 1902.
  • ------. Mythical and legendary elements in the New Testament . Boston: N.p., 1899.
  • ------. New legislation concerning crimes, misdemeanors, and penalties. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.
  • ------. Science and immortality; the Christian Register Symposium. Rev. and enl. Boston: G.H. Ellis, 1887.
  • ------. The Shaybacks in camp; ten summers under canvas. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1887.
  • Guillaume, Loius. Dr. Samuel J. Barrows, ancien président de la Commission pénitentiaire international 1845-1909. Berne: Imprimerie Stæmpfli & cie, 1909.
  • Kellogg, Paul Underwood. Samuel June Barrows, a circuit rider in the humanities. [New York: N.p., 1909].
  • Lord, Eliot. The Italian in America. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, [1970].
  • Oratorio Society of New York. A service commemorative of life of Samuel June Barrows, arranged and conducted by the Oratorio society of New York and the Prison association of New York, Mendelssohn hall, New York, May twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and nine. [N.p., 1909?]