Henry E. Barbour

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Henry Ellsworth Barbour
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 7th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1933
Preceded byDenver S. Church
Succeeded byRalph R. Eltse
Personal details
BornMarch 8, 1877
Ogdensburg, New York
DiedMarch 21, 1945 (aged 68)
Fresno, California
Alma materUnion College(B.D.); George Washington University(J.D.)

Henry Ellsworth Barbour (March 8, 1877 – March 21, 1945) was an American lawyer and politician who served six terms as a U.S. Representative from California from 1919 to 1931.


Born in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, Barbour attended the public schools of his native city, the local "Free Academy" at Ogdensburg, Union College at Schenectady, New York, and the law department of George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1901 and moved to Fresno, California, in 1902 to engage in the practice of law.[1]

Barbour was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933).[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession in Fresno, California, where he died on March 21, 1945. He was interred in Belmont Memorial Park.


In the 1932 Republican Primary election for California's 7th Congressional District, Henry Barbour tied for the Republican nomination with Glenn M. Devore of Fresno, and won the nomination in an unprecedented drawing. Barbour later went on to lose this election.[2]

In 2018, an Arizona man discovered a collection of 200 letters that had belonged to Barbour, including two letters signed by President Hoover, White House invitations from President Harding, and an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Golden Gate Bridge.[3]


  1. ^ a b "BARBOUR, Henry Ellsworth - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "HENRY E. BARBOUR; California Representative in Congress 1921-33, Dies in Fresno". timesmachine.nytimes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "$20 Uncovered Treasure Trove of US History". NBC 7 San Diego. Associated Press. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress