William S. Barry

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William S. Barry (born William Taylor Sullivan Barry; December 10, 1821 – January 29, 1868) was an American politician who served as a Deputy from Mississippi to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1862. He was also a U.S. Representative from 1853 to 1855, representing the state of Mississippi.

Biography[edit]

Born in Columbus, Mississippi, William S. Barry graduated from Yale College in 1841 and was initiated into Skull and Bones Society in his last year.[1][2]:67 He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and then practiced law in Columbus, Ohio. One of his many interests was horticulture. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1849–1851. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855). He served as president of the State secession convention in 1861. He served as member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. During the American Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army and raised the 35th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, at times acting as brigade commander. He was captured and paroled at the Vicksburg. He broke parole and commanded his regiment, and at times Sears's Brigade, during the Atlanta Campaign. He was seriously wounded at the Battle of Allatoona on October 5, 1864. He was captured in the attack on Fort Blakely and held prisonor at New Orleans until May 1, 1865. After his release, Barry resumed the practice of law in Columbus, where he died on January 29, 1868. He is interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased During the Academical Year Ending in July, 1869. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University. 1869. p. 320. 
  2. ^ Fraternity, Psi Upsilon (1917). The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Allardice, Bruce S. More Generals in Gray. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8071-3148-2 (pbk.)

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Political offices
Preceded by
New constituency
Deputy from Mississippi to the
Provisional Congress of the Confederate States

1861–1862
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished