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William T. Barry Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 5, 1784 in Lunenburg, Virginia
Died: August 30, 1835 in Liverpool, England
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William T. Barry (1784-1835) held several State offices in Kentucky, including Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor, and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor. He represented Kentucky in the US House (1810-1811) and Senate (1814-1816), and was US Postmaster General under President Jackson (1829-1835). He was appointed US Minister to Spain in 1835, but died en route to his post. This letter was written to the son and namesake of General James Taylor, quartermaster general of the Northwest Army during the War of 1812 and a founder of Newport, Kentucky. The elder Taylor, mentioned by Barry as being in Washington, was the cousin of two US Presidents: James Madison and Zachary Taylor.   

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