Orion Metcalf Barber

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Barber as Republican nominee for reelection as State Auditor, 1900

Orion Metcalf Barber (July 13, 1857 – March 28, 1930) was a Vermont state politician and a judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.

Early life[edit]

Barber was born in Jamaica, Vermont on July 13, 1857.[1] He received an LL.B. from Albany Law School in 1882 and became an attorney in Bennington.[2]

Start of career[edit]

A Republican, Barber was state's attorney for Bennington County from 1886 to 1887.[3]

He served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1892 to 1894, and in the Vermont State Senate in 1894.[4]

From 1894 to 1896 Barber served as a member of the state railroad commission.[5][6][7]

Barber served as Vermont's State Auditor from 1898 to 1902.[8]

From 1906 to 1908 Barber was chairman of Vermont's Special Tax Commission.[9] In 1909 he was chairman of the Special Commission to Prepare and Publish the Digest of Reports of the Vermont Supreme Court.[10]

Judicial career[edit]

Nominated by President William Howard Taft to the U.S. Court of Customs Appeals, Barber received his commission on March 30, 1910. He retired from active service on September 30, 1928.[11][12][13][14][15]

Retirement and death[edit]

Barber continued in senior status until his death in Bennington, Vermont on March 28, 1930.[16][17] He was buried in Bennington's Park Lawn Cemetery.[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, by Hiram Carleton, pages 391 to 293
  2. ^ The Law Student's Helper, published by The Collector Publishing Co., Detroit, Volume 19, page 15
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, edited by Prentiss Cutler Dodge, 1912, page 111
  4. ^ Article, Republican nominees, The Vermonter magazine, July, 1900, pages 230 to 231
  5. ^ 10,000 Famous Freemasons, by William R. Denslow, Harry S. Truman, Part One (A to J), 1957, page 56
  6. ^ Biennial Report, by Vermont Railroad Commission, 1896, page 121
  7. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1900, page 375
  8. ^ Who's Who in New England, by Albert Nelson Marquis, Volume 1, 1909, page 68
  9. ^ Report of the Commission on Taxation, published by the commission, 1908, page 4
  10. ^ Biography of Orion M. Barber, published in Judges of the United States, by Bicentennial Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1983
  11. ^ Newspaper article, New Commerce Court Head, New York Times, March 10, 1910
  12. ^ Newspaper article, Customs Court Ready, New York Times, June 6, 1910
  13. ^ Official Congressional Directory, published by Joint Committee on Printing, 1921, page 387
  14. ^ Official Congressional Directory, published by Joint Committee on Printing, 1922, page 397
  15. ^ Newspaper article, Orion M. Barber Dies, New York Times, March 30, 2011
  16. ^ Report of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, published by Vermont Bar Association, 1930, page 72
  17. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, record for Orion Metcalf Barber
  18. ^ Gravestone photos by contributor Mann, Orion Metcalf Barber page, Find A Grave.com web site, accessed November 27, 2011
Preceded by
Franklin D. Hale
Vermont Auditor of Accounts
Succeeded by
Horace F. Graham