J. Allen Barber

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Joel Allen Barber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by Amasa Cobb
Succeeded by Henry S. Magoon
Personal details
Born January 17, 1809
Georgia, Vermont
Died June 17, 1881(1881-06-17) (aged 72)
Lancaster, Wisconsin
Political party Republican

Joel Allen Barber (January 17, 1809 – June 17, 1881) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.[1]

Barber was born in the town of Georgia, Vermont, in Franklin County. After graduating from the Georgia Academy he attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, where he studied law. Upon graduation, Barber read law with George P. Marsh. He was admitted to the bar in 1834 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, where he was teaching school, and commenced practice in Fairfield, Vermont.

Barber moved to Wisconsin in 1837, settling in Lancaster, where he continued to practice law. He served as county clerk for Grant County, for four years and as district attorney for three terms. He served as member of the first constitutional convention of Wisconsin in 1846.

Barber was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1852, 1853, 1863, and 1864, serving as speaker in 1864. He served as member of the Wisconsin State Senate in 1856 and 1857.

After establishing a law partnership with George Clementson in 1869, Barber was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican, serving in the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1875. He served as the representative of Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. While Barber was serving in Congress, George Clementson conducted the legal work of their firm. Barber was not a candidate for renomination in 1874, and upon leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law with Clementson.

Barber died in Lancaster, Wisconsin, June 17, 1881, and was interred in Hillside Cemetery.



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Amasa Cobb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Henry S. Magoon