Daniel D. Barnard

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Daniel Dewey Barnard
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United States Envoy to Prussia
In office
September 3, 1850 – September 21, 1853
Preceded byEdward A. Hannegan
Succeeded byPeter D. Vroom
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
New York
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byAlbert Gallup
Succeeded byBradford R. Wood
Constituency10th district (1839–43)
13th district (1843–45)
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byMoses Hayden
Succeeded byTimothy Childs
Constituency27th district
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
Preceded byJohn Sergeant
Succeeded byWilliam Wilkins
Personal details
BornJuly 16, 1797 (1797-07-16)
Sheffield, Massachusetts
DiedApril 24, 1861 (1861-04-25) (aged 63)
Citizenship United States
Political partyAdams Whig
Spouse(s)Sara Livingstone Barnard Catherine Walsh Barnard
Alma materWilliams College
Professionlawyer politician

Daniel Dewey Barnard (July 16, 1797 – April 24, 1861) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, Barnard was the son of Timothy and Phebe (Dewey) Barnard. He attended the common schools and graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1818. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1821. He married Sara Livingstone in 1825; and married Catherine Walsh in 1832.[1]


Barnard began practice in Rochester, New York, and served as prosecuting attorney of Monroe County in 1826.

Elected as an Adams to the Twentieth Congress, Barnard served as U.S. Representative for the twenty-seventh district of New York from March 4, 1827, to March 3, 1829. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress. He traveled in Europe in 1831, and moved to Albany, New York, in 1832 and continued the practice of law. He served as a member of the State assembly in 1838.

Barnard was elected as a Whig to the 26th, 27th and 28th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1845. He served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (Twenty-seventh Congress). As a leading intellectual in the Whig party, Barnard gave a number of speeches, including to the literary societies of Amherst College in 1839[2] and to Yale Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1846.

Not a candidate for reelection in 1844, Barnard resumed his practice. He was appointed Envoy to Prussia and served from September 3, 1850, to September 21, 1853.[3] He retired from active business pursuits in 1853 and engaged in literary pursuits, residing in Albany, New York.


Barnard died in Albany, New York, on April 24, 1861 (age 63 years, 282 days). He is interred at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York where he had given the dedication address in 1844.[4]


  1. ^ "Daniel D. Barnard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ Daniel Barnard, An Address Delivered at Amherst ... August 27, 1839
  3. ^ "Daniel D. Barnard". United States Department of State. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ Alfred L. Brophy, "These Great and Beautiful Republics of the Dead": Public Constitutionalism and the Antebellum Cemetery


  • Penney, Sherry. Patrician in Politics: Daniel Dewey Barnard of New York. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1974.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Moses Hayden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Timothy Childs
Preceded by
Albert Gallup
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jeremiah Russell
Preceded by
Thomas A. Tomlinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bradford R. Wood
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward A. Hannegan
U.S. Minister to Prussia
Succeeded by
Peter D. Vroom