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David Barton

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Greene, Tennessee, USA
Death: Died in Boonville, Cooper, Missouri, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Barton and Keziah Barton
Brother of Martha Barton; Jane Barton; Elizabeth Carmichael; Mary Barton; Isaac Barton and 6 others

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About David Barton, U.S. Senator

David Barton was the first U.S. Senator from MO and prominent in the early political history of the state; pres. of convention that formed the first MO state constitution; pg. 192 Descendants of Isaac Barton Book.

from http://terisha4.tripod.com/kingreed/id11.html:

One of Isaac's sons was David Barton,the first congressman from the state of Missouri, serving from 1821-1831.



David Barton (December 14, 1783 – September 28, 1837) was one of the first U.S. senators from Missouri, serving 1821–1831.

Barton was born near Greeneville, Tennessee, then part of North Carolina. He was a major political presence in early Missouri, serving as president of the state's constitutional convention, speaker of the Missouri territorial House of Representatives, and as one of its first pair of U.S. Senators. Barton County, Missouri is named for him.

He was the brother of Joshua Barton, the first Missouri Secretary of State. David opposed the reappointment of William Rector to the Office of Surveyor General for Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas, saying that Rector was using his relatives for surveying positions and paying them too much while Rector was surveying the Louisiana Purchase. Joshua published the charges in the St. Louis Republican under the signature of "Philo." Rector's brother Thomas Rector challenged Joshua to a duel in 1823 on Bloody Island (Mississippi River) and killed Joshua. President James Madison did not reappoint Rector.

Barton switched parties three times in his political life. He was first elected as a Democratic-Republican; he then switched to an Adams Democrat for his re-election in 1825. When he ran for the Senate again in 1830 he switched to being an Anti-Jacksonian candidate. He was a member of the Missouri State Senate in 1834-1835.

Birth date from "Personal Recollections of Many Prominent People Whom I Have Known: And of Events--especially of Those Relating to the History of St. Louis--during the First Half of the Present Century" by John Fletcher Darby which states, "David Barton was the fifth child and first son of the Rev. Isaac Barton and his wife, Keziah Barton, formerly Keziah Murphy. He was born in Greene County, in the State of North Carolina, win what is now the State of Tennessee, December 14, 1783."


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David Barton, U.S. Senator's Timeline

December 14, 1783
Greene, Tennessee, USA
September 28, 1837
Age 53
Boonville, Cooper, Missouri, USA