William T. Barry Papers
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], William T. Barry Papers, 1827-1829, 97SC23,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
William Taylor Barry was born in Lunenberg County, Virginia, on February 5, 1784, and migrated to Fayette County, Kentucky, during the min-1790s. Barry was appointed commonwealth attorney in 1805, and in 1820 he ran for lieutenant governor on the Relief Party ticket. He won the election and seved under Governor John Adair until 1824. After serving his term in office he was appointed Chief Judge of the New Court. Barry seemed to have met his political demise when New Court Candidates were routed by voters in the 1828 elections. His support of Andrew Jackson in the 1828 presidential elections won him the position of Postmaster General. He was forced to resign this position in 1835 because of a congressional investigation into his term. He died shortly thereafter, in August of 1835, on his way to become minister of Spain. Samuel Houston's note was penned to Barry after Houston has resigned from office as Governor of Tennessee and moved to the Arkansas Territory. He eventually settled in what is today, the state of Texas, and led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico.
Collection consists of an April 22, 1827, letter from Barry to his daughter, Susan, and a May 1829 note, conveying General Samuel Houston's regard for Governor Barry. Houston's not was sent from Little Rock, Arkansas Territory.
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