Missouri Historical Society
BARTON, David (1783-1837)

BARTON, DAVID, A Senator from Missouri; born near Greeneville, N.C. (now Tennessee), December 14, 1783; read law; admitted to the Tennessee bar; moved to the Territory of Missouri in 1809; elected attorney general of the Territory in 1813; first circuit judge of Howard County in 1815 and presiding judge in 1816; member, Territorial house of representatives 1818 and served as speaker; member and president of the convention which formed the State constitution in 1820; upon the admission of Missouri as a State into the Union was elected as a Democratic Republican (later Adams-Clay Republican) to the United States Senate; reelected in 1825 as an Adams and served from August 10, 1821, to March 3, 1831; unsuccessful candidate for reelection as an Anti-Jacksonian in 1830; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Eighteenth through Twenty-first Congresses); member, State senate 1834-1835; died in Boonville, Mo., on September 28, 1837; interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1829. 1 letter.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1811-1951. Ca. 100 items. Also portrait.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: 1830. 1 folder. Speeches. Also correspondence in the Hardeman family papers, 1777-1922.

  • McCandless, Perry. "Benton v. Barton: The Formation of the Second-Party System in Missouri.'' Missouri Historical Review 79 (July 1985): 425-38.
  • Shoemaker, Floyd C. "David Barton, John Rice Jones and Edward Bates: Three Missouri State and Statehood Founders.'' Missouri Historical Review 65 (July 1971): 527-43.
  • Squires, Monas N. "A New View of the Election of Barton and Benton to the United States Senate in 1820.'' Missouri Historical Review 27 (October 1932): 28-45.
  • Van Ravenswaay, Charles. "The Tragedy of David Barton.'' Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society 7 (October 1950): 35-56.
  • Weiner, Alan S. "John Scott, Thomas Hart Benton, David Barton, and the Presidential Election of 1824: A Case Study in Pressure Politics.'' Missouri Historical Review 60 (July 1966): 460-94.