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George Washington Barrows

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Davidson County, Tennessee
Death: 1866 (54-62)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Place of Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Davidson County Tennessee
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Son of Wylie Alexander Barrow and Ann Eliza Barrow
Husband of Anna Marian Barrow
Brother of Wylie Macajah Barrow; Albert G Barrow and John E. Barrow
Half brother of Alexander Barrow, U.S. Senator; David Barrow and Jane Ann Barrow

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About Gen G. Washington Barrow, US Congress

Gen. Washington Barrows was born in Davidson County, Tennessee 05 Oct 1817 practiced law after receiving a classical education. He married Ann Minnick Shelby (23 Jun 1813-?). He was the American Charge d'Affaires in Portugal 1841-1844. He was editor of the Nashville Banner for three years. He was elected to Congress in 1847 as a Whig and served one term. He helped organized the Nashville Gas Light Coumpany in 1849 and was its president for many years.

Gen. Barrow was an ardent supporter of states rights and was activing in taking Tennessee out of the Union. This source says his health broke down by the close of the U.S. Civil War and that he died in St. Louis 19 Oct 1866.

The only known Barrow child of this couple was John Shelby Barrow (12 Jan 1829-?), who married Margaret N. Armstrong (15 Ap 1833-?).

Washington Barrow was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.


He was born in Davidson County, Tennessee on October 5, 1807. He received a classical education, became a lawyer, and entered private practice. In 1837, he served a term in the Tennessee House of Representatives. From 1841 to 1844, he served as the U.S. Minister to Portugal. He also worked as a newspaper editor.

He was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress, but he was not a candidate for renomination to the Thirty-first Congress in 1848. He served from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1849. He worked as a businessman and was a member of the Confederate faction of the Tennessee Senate in 1861 and 1862. He was captured by Union forces and charged with treason. He refused to take an oath of allegiance, but was later parolled in an exchange of prisoners. He served as a private in the Army of Tennessee in 1863. During the American Civil War, he was imprisoned at Ohio and Mackinac Island, Michigan, which gravely weakened his health. Following the war, he died at the home of a brother in St. Louis, Missouri during a visit on October 19, 1866. He was interred in the family vault of Dr. John Shelby, his father-in-law, at the Nashville City Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Barrow was the half-brother of Alexander Barrow, a U.S. Senator from Louisiana, who was the son of Washington Barrow's father and his first wife

George W. Barrow, U.S. and Confederate diplomat, editor, soldier, and statesman, was born in Nashville on May 10, 1808, to Wylie Barrow and Ann Beck, his father's second wife. Barrow spent a privileged and comfortable youth at the family home "Barrow Grove," attending Davidson Academy and in 1826 becoming one of the first graduates of the University of Nashville. He read law and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1827. In that same year, he married Anna Marian Shelby, daughter of Dr. John Shelby, one of the state's wealthiest men. In 1836 Barrow volunteered for service in the Seminole War as a member of the Second Tennessee Mounted Gunman and received promotions to major and adjutant.

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Davidson County, Tennessee
Age 58
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Mount Olivet Cemetery Nashville Davidson County Tennessee