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About Middleton Pope Barrow, (CSA), U.S. Senator


Middleton Pope Barrow (August 1, 1839 – December 23, 1903) was a United States Senator from Georgia. Born near Antioch, Georgia in Oglethorpe County, he attended a private academy and graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1859 and from the School of Law in 1860. He was admitted to the bar that year and commenced practice in Athens.

During the Civil War, he entered the Confederate service in 1861 and served throughout the war. He resumed the practice of law in Athens and was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1877.

Barrow was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1880 to 1881 and was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1882 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin H. Hill, serving from November 15, 1882 to March 3, 1883. He was not a candidate for re-election, and resumed the practice of law in Athens.

From January 6, 1902 until his death, he was a judge of the eastern judicial circuit of Georgia, and died in Savannah, Georgia in December 1903; interment was in a private cemetery on the family plantation in Oglethorpe County.

Pope Barrow was a great grandson of Wilson Lumpkin, a U.S. Senator and a Governor of Georgia. Pope's younger brother, David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr., served as the chancellor of UGA from 1906 until 1925, and Pope Barrow served as a trustee of the university from 1872 until 1889.


Middleton Pope Barrow: was born August 1, 1839, at the home of his maternal grandfather, Mr. Middleton Pope, in Oglethorpe County, Ga. He is a son of David Crenshaw Barrow, who was born at Milledgeville, Ga., July 26, 1815. David was a son of James Barrow, who was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, January 31, 1757. James was the son of Thomas Barrow, who was born in Southampton County, Virginia, on the Nottaway River. He (Thomas) was the son of Thomas Barrow, who was born in England, in the year 1640, and died in Southampton County, Va., over ninety years of age.

 Known by friends and family as "Pope Barrow", prepared for college at the home school by Mr. Ripley Perkins Adams, graduated at the University of Georgia in the class of 1859, sharing forst honor, with A.B. degree, and in the Lumpkin Law School, degree of B.L. in 1860; member of Demosthenean Society---no Greek letter chapters until after the Civil War; was practicing law in Athens when Georgia seceded; volunteered in April 1861, made 2nd Lieut. of Troop Artillery; C.S.A., which served in Virginia; later appointed Capt. & A.D.C. on staff of Major General Howell Cobb, C.S.A., and was captured in battle in COlumbus, Georgia, April 16, 1865, one of the last of the war. After the war, he resumed practice of law at Athens, removed in 1892 to Savannah, where he was a leading and successful lawyer, and in both private and public life was beloved beyond the fortune of most. 
       He was appointed in 1900 Judge of Superior Court of the Eastern Circuit at the time of his death, 23 December, 1903. It was written: "Savannah, Georgia. Judge Pope Barrowof the Superior Court, was stricken today in his court room, and tonight at 8:30 o'clock, he died at his home. The stroke was caused by uraemia, andthe physicians say that there was probably a hemorrhage at the base of the brain. There may, too, have been apoplexy. Judge Barrow had just finished a charge to the jury in a civil suit. He arose from the bench and was seized with a weakness of the legs. Those near him noticed this but thought that his limbs were weak or asleep from long sitting. When he attempted to move he faltered and almost fainted. He caught upon the shoulder of Edwin A, Cohen, and A, Pratt Adams, a young attorney, hurried to his assistance. He was supported into his private office. This was at 2 o'clock. Physicians were summonded and also a carriage. He was driven to his home, where he remained unconscious until 4 o'clock, and from then until the hour of his death he was in a state of coma. He met the final summons, a jurist without a blemish, a "gentleman unafraid". 

Pope Barrow was educated at the University of Georgia, from which he graduated finally in the law department in 1860. He entered the army in April, 1861, as a lieutenant in the Troup artillery. At the expiration of his twelve months’ service in that battery he was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. Howell Cobb, in which capacity he served until he was taken prisoner near the close of the war. Upon his release he returned home, and, after a short residence in Oglethorpe County, commenced the practice of law in Athens, which he has continued ever since. In 1867 he was married to Sarah Church Craig, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis Stevenson Craig, U. S. A., and Elizabeth Church. She was the mother of five children, and died December 28, 1881. June 24, 1884, he was married to Cornelia Jackson, daughter of Gen. Henry R. Jackson and Cornelia Davenport. She is the mother of two children.

In 1877 Mr. Barrow was elected a member of the constitutional convention of the State of Georgia, representing the county of Clarke in the delegation from the Twenty-seventh district. In 1880 he was elected to the legislature from the county of Clarke. In 1882 he was elected by the legislature to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the death of Hon. B. H. Hill. He is a lawyer engaged in active practice. Mr. Barrow’s grandfather, James Barrow, entered the Revolutionary war under Gen. Washington as a private soldier when he was eighteen years of age. When he was only twenty years of age he went through the famous winter at Valley Forge and was one of those who endured the sufferings of that historic winter throughout. He was in most of the battles of the southern part of the United States and as in the engagements at Brandywine and Germantown.

Mr. Barrow’s paternal grandmother was Patience Crenshaw, of Hancock County, Georgia. His paternal great-grandmother was Elizabeth Atkinson, of Southampton County, Virginia.

He has two brothers living, Thomas Agustine Barrow, of Decatur County, Ga., and David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr., who lives at Athens. One of his brothers, James Barrow, who was lieutenant-colonel of the Sixty-fourth Georgia regiment, was killed in battle at Olustee during the late war between the States. Two of his brothers, Benjamin White and Henry Walker, died young. Two of his sisters, Lucy Cobb (wife of Capt. John A. Cobb) and Clara Elizabeth Barrow have also died. He has one sister living, Mrs. Nelly Spalding, widow of Capt. Bourke Spalding, of Sapelo Island, who died in 1884.

On the paternal side Mr. Barrow’s family have great longevity. His father is still living at the age of seventy-three. His grandfather, James, died at the age of seventy-two. His great-grandfather, Thomas, lived to be over seventy, and his great-great-grandfather, Thomas, lived to be over ninety.

His mother was Sarah Eliza Pope, daughter of Middleton Pope and Lucy Lumpkin. Middleton Pope was a son of Henry Augustine Pope, of Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Lucy Lumpkin was a daughter of Wilson Lumpkin, of Athens, who was a member of the national house of representatives, a member of the United States Senate and twice governor of Georgia.

Mr. Barrow has seven children: Pope, Jr., Elizabeth Church, James, David Crenshaw, Craig, Florence Barclay and Lucy Lumpkin.


Fact 1: August 01, 1839, born on maternal grandfather's plantation

Fact 2: Captain of Confederate States Army

Fact 3: aide-de camp to Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb

Fact 4: judge of Ga. Supreme Court

Fact 5: 1877, delegate to GA. state constitutional convention

Fact 6: Bet. 1880 - 1881, member of the GA. State House of Representatives

Fact 7: Bet. 1882 - 1883, U.S. Senator from Georgia

Fact 8: Bet. 1902 - 1903, circuit judge


13. i. MIDDLETON POPE6 BARROW, JR., b. March 24, 1868.

                 ii.       ELIZABETH CHURCH BARROW, b. November 13, 1869; d. June 06, 1919. 


Fact 1: Member ofthe Board of the Episcopal Orphans' Home, Christ Church Parish

Fact 2: Member of Froebel Circle King's Daughters and Red Cross during WW I

14. iii. JAMES BARROW, b. July 05, 1872, Savannah, GA. at "Home Place".

15. iv. DAVID CRENSHAW BARROW III, b. June 06, 1874, Savannah, GA. at "Home Place".

16. v. CRAIG BARROW, b. May 12, 1876.


                vi.       FLORENCE BARCLAY6 BARROW, b. April 27, 1885; d. July 27, 1901. 

17. vii. LUCY HOPSON LUMPKIN BARROW, b. July 11, 1886.

              viii.       DAVENPORT JACKSON BARROW, b. July 08, 1888; d. August 30, 1888. 

18. ix. ELLA PATIENCE CRENSHAW BARROW, b. August 05, 1889, Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia.

                  x.       CORNELIA BARROW, b. December 1890, Athens, Clarke Co., Georgia. 

Buried Barrow/Pope Cemetery, Oglethorpe County, Ga. "Son of David Crenshaw and Sarah Pope Barrow. Born on this Plantation of his maternal grandfather. Died at his home in Savannah, Georgia." Source: "Cemeteries of Oglethorpe County, Georgia," 1995.

--Suzanne Walton Ammons

U.S. Senator. He graduated from the University of Georgia, in 1959, from the law department of the University of Georgia, in 1860, was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Athens, Georgia. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army and after the war, resumed the practice of law. He was member of the Georgia State constitutional convention in 1877 and a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives, (1880-81). In 1882, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1882 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin H. Hill, serving until 1883. Not a candidate for re-election, he resumed the practice of law and was a judge of the eastern judicial circuit of Georgia, from 1902, until his death at age 64. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)


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Middleton Pope Barrow, (CSA), U.S. Senator's Timeline

August 1, 1839
Stephens, Oglethorpe, Georgia
March 24, 1868
Age 28
July 5, 1872
Age 32
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States
June 6, 1874
Age 34
Savannah, Georgia
May 12, 1876
Age 36
April 27, 1885
Age 45
November 7, 1886
Age 47
Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, United States
July 8, 1888
Age 48
August 5, 1889
Age 50
Athens, Clarke, Georgia