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Daniel Moreau Barringer

Birthplace: Concord, Cabarrus, NC, USA
Death: Died in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier, WV, USA
Place of Burial: Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.
Immediate Family:

Son of Paul M. Barringer and Elizabeth Barringer
Husband of Elizabeth Barringer
Father of Lewin Weathered Barringer and Daniel Moreau Barringer, Jr.
Brother of Brig. General Rufus Barringer (CSA); Major Victor C. Barringer (CSA); Catherine Jane Means and Paul Brandon Barringer

Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) (RYAN)
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About Daniel M. Barringer, US Congress, Ambassador


Daniel Moreau Barringer (30 July 1806 – 1 September 1873) was a Whig U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1843 and 1849.

Born near Concord, North Carolina, in 1806, Barringer attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Graduating in 1826, he went on to study law in Hillsborough and was admitted to the bar, beginning a law practice in his hometown of Concord in 1829. That same year, Barringer was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons; he would serve there until 1834, and also in 1840 and 1842. He was also a member of the 1835 North Carolina constitutional convention.

In 1842, he was elected as a Whig to the 28th United States Congress, and was subsequently reelected to the 29th and 30th sessions. During the 30th Congress, he chaired the Committee on Indian Affairs and the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State. He became a personal friend of fellow congressman Abraham Lincoln. Declining to run for a fourth Congressional term in 1848, Barringer was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as minister to Spain, where he served from 1849 to 1853. In 1854, upon returning to North Carolina, he served one term in the House of Commons.

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Barringer was a delegate to the 1861 Peace Convention held in Washington, D.C., and then after the war was a participant in the Union National Convention of 1866. He became a Democrat and chaired the North Carolina Democratic Party in 1872, taking over after the death of Thomas Bragg. Barringer died September 1, 1873, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Barringer was the older brother of Civil War cavalry Brigadier General Rufus Barringer. They were nephews of Daniel Laurens Barringer, who had previously been a Congressman from North Carolina. Barringer's son, Daniel Barringer Jr., became famous for proving the meteoritic origins of the Meteor Crater in Arizona.


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Daniel M. Barringer, US Congress, Ambassador's Timeline

July 30, 1806
Concord, Cabarrus, NC, USA
August 15, 1848
Age 42
Age 43
May 25, 1860
Age 53
Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, United States
September 1, 1873
Age 67
White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier, WV, USA
Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.