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Bradley Barlow

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Fairfield, Vermont
Death: 1889 (74)
Denver, Colorado
Place of Burial: Greenwood Cemetery Saint Albans Franklin County Vermont
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Bradley Barlow and Deborah Barlow
Husband of Caroline Barlow
Father of Deborah S. Barlow; Helen K. Barlow; Charlotte Farrar; Ioana Barlow and Laura Metcalf
Brother of Hubbard Barlow; John Jay Barlow; Darius S. Barlow; Deborah Keyes and Laura Smalley

Occupation: Farming, Merchantile, town office, Legislature, Constitutional Convention, President and Cashier of a bank, State Senate
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About Bradley Barlow, US Congress

Bradley Barlow (May 12, 1814 – November 6, 1889) was a nineteenth-century banker and politician from Vermont. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.

Barlow was born in Fairfield, Vermont, son of Colonel Bradley and Deborah (Sherman) Barlow. Barlow attended the common schools and then engaged in mercantile pursuits in Philadelphia with his father until 1858, when he moved to St. Albans, Vermont.[1] Barlow began his banking carer in St. Albans as a cashier.[2]

Barlow was a delegate to the Vermont State constitutional conventions in 1843, 1850, and 1857,[3] and was acting assistant secretary in 1843.[4] He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1845, 1850 to 1852, 1864, and 1865.[5] He engaged in banking and in the railroad business from 1860 to 1883. He was chairman of the school committee in St. Albans and president of the village corporation and treasurer of Franklin County from 1860 to 1867. Barlow served in the Vermont Senate from 1866 to 1868. He was elected as a Greenbacker candidate to the Forty-sixth United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1881.[6] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1880. Scandals

Barlow was implicated [7][8][9] in the Star Route mail scandal of 1876 in which he was identified as one of the most successful mail contractors in the country.[10]

He was called to testify before Congress several times regarding the scandal. One of his first was in 1876, where he was accused of bribing Congress in 1872 with $40,000 to stop the initial investigation of the forty-second congress.[11] Later Years

Barlow was President of the Vermont National Bank in St Albans when it failed in 1883 as a result of an unsuccessful attempt to sell his Southeastern Railway Company of Canada and an economic downturn. He declared bankruptcy, assigned all of his personal property over to the bank and reported that he was penniless. The bank failure had severe repercussions for the town.[12] He was also accused of refusing to pay Vermont state taxes that year.[13]

In 1885, a Judge in Montreal, Canada rendered a judgement against Barlow and others for $1,550,929 for unrecovered promissory notes relating to the Southeastern Railway Company, which Barlow was President.[14]

His house, known as Villa Barlow, was taken over by the Congregation of Notre Dame based in Montreal, which had established a convent and school in St. Albans in 1869.[15] In 1903 the American-born Eliza Healy (Sister Mary Magdalen) was appointed mother superior at the convent and school, both of which she managed for 15 years.

Barlow died in Denver, Colorado on November 6, 1889. He is interred in Greenwood Cemetery in St. Albans, Vermont.[16] Personal life

In 1837 he married Caroline Farnsworth. They had six children: Deborah Barlow, Helen K. Barlow, Joanna F. Barlow, Laura Barlow, Charlotte Barlow and Anna Barlow.[17] References

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Bradley Barlow, US Congress's Timeline

May 12, 1814
Fairfield, Vermont
Age 23
Age 25
Age 29
Age 29
Age 74
Denver, Colorado
Greenwood Cemetery Saint Albans Franklin County Vermont