John Strode Barbour (1866–1952)

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John Strode Barbour
Born (1866-08-10)August 10, 1866
Beauregard, Brandy Station, Culpeper County, Virginia
Died May 6, 1952(1952-05-06) (aged 85)
Doctors Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Resting place Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia
Citizenship United States of America
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation newspaper editor, lawyer, mayor, politician
Known for member of Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1902
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Mary B. Grimsley
Parent(s) James Barbour
Fanny Thomas Beckham
Relatives nephew of John S. Barbour, Jr.
second cousin of James Barbour and Philip Pendleton Barbour

John Strode Barbour (August 10, 1866 – May 6, 1952) was a Virginia lawyer, businessman, and politician.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barbour was born on August 10, 1866 at Beauregard in Brandy Station, Culpeper County, Virginia. The Barbour political family, was one of the First Families of Virginia. His lawyer father James Barbour, had continued the family's political involvement, as well as served as a major in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. His mother was Fanny Thomas Beckham, and also bore daughter, Mrs. C.B. Wallace of Nashville, Tennessee.

Barbour's private education included William Hartman Kable's Charles Town Male Academy in Charles Town, West Virginia.[2] In 1884, Barbour began reading law at John Franklin Rixey's law office in Culpeper, Virginia.[2] Two years later, Barbour started a weekly newspaper, the Piedmont Advance, which operated for approximately two years.[2] In 1887 Barbour began attending law school at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1888.[2]

Barbour married Mary B. Grimsley, daughter of Culpeper judge Daniel A. Grimsley on April 4, 1894.[2] They had no children.[2]


After admission to the Virginia bar, the 21 year old, Barbour returned to Culpeper and joined Rixey's law practice as Rixey was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 8th congressional district.[2]

From 1897 through 1898, Barbour served as mayor of Culpeper.[2] Barbour was elected on May 23, 1901 to represent Culpeper County at the Constitutional Convention in Richmond, Virginia.[3] At the convention on May 29, 1902, Barbour voted to proclaim the new constitution in effect without submitting it to the voters for ratification.[2]

Barbour relocated to Fairfax County, Virginia in 1907 where he began a law firm with R. Walton Moore (forrmer Assistant Secretary of State) and Thomas R. Keith, which had become Barbour, Garnett, Pickett & Keith by the time of his death. The firm's clients included the Potomac Electric Power Company and the Washington Railway & Electric Co. Barbour also tended a dairy herd at his Fairfax County estate and founded the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Association.[2] From 1932 through 1949, Barbour was a member of the board of the Virginia State Library.[2]

While residing in Fairfax, Virginia, Barbour built a home which he called "the Oaks" but which is now called the "Barbour House".[4]


One of the last surviving members of the 1902 Virginia Constitutional Convention, Barbour died after a long illness at Doctors Hospital in Washington, D.C. on May 6, 1952. After a funeral at his Fairfax home, he was interred in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper.[5]


  1. ^ "ohn S. Barbour, 85" Washington Evening Star Obituary May 6, 1952
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "John Strode BARBOUR". Mar 22, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-05. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Cynthia Miller Leonard, The General Assembly of Virginia 1619-1978 (Richmond, Virginia State Library 1978) p.
  4. ^ William Page Johnson, II (Spring 2004). "The Unfinished Manassas Gap Railroad" (PDF). Historic Fairfax City, Inc.: The Historical Society of Fairfax City, Virginia. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  5. ^ findagrave no 9170581