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William Taylor Barry

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Lunenburg, Lunenburg, VA, United States
Death: August 30, 1835 (51)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Place of Burial: Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Barry and Susannah B Dozier
Husband of Lucy Barry and Catherine Mason of Virginia
Father of Susan Lucy Taylor and Andrew Jackson Barry
Half brother of Thomas Roberts

Occupation: Lawyer
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About William T. Barry, U.S. Senator and Postmaster General


William Taylor Barry (February 5, 1784 – August 30, 1835) was an American statesman and jurist.


Born near Lunenburg, Virginia, he moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1796 with his parents John Barry, an American Revolutionary War veteran, and Susannah (Dozier) Barry. He attended the common schools, Pisgah Academy and Kentucky Academy in Woodford County, Transylvania University at Lexington and graduated from William and Mary College at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1803, after which studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1805. He commenced practice at Jessamine County, Kentucky and then at Lexington.

Political life

He was a member of Kentucky House of Representatives in 1807, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1810 to 1811, served in the War of 1812, was a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1814 to 1816; then a member of the Kentucky Senate, 1817 to 1821, and the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1820 to 1824, then Secretary of State of Kentucky, 1824 to 1825, and a candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 1828. He was U.S. Postmaster General in Andrew Jackson's administration from 1829 to 1835.

Appointments and awards

He was appointed ambassador to Spain, but died en route to his post, while stopped in Liverpool, England August 30, 1835. He was originally interred and a cenotaph still stands at St. James’s Cemetery, Liverpool, England; he was reinterred in 1854 at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Barry County, Michigan, Barry County, Missouri and Barrytown, New York are named in his honor.


During the 1820's, Barry was a member of the prestigious society, Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, who counted among their members former presidents Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams and many prominent men of the day, including well-known representatives of the military, government service, medical and other professions.


Barry was an uncle to Kentucky governor Luke P. Blackburn.

Freemason: Member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, Lexington, Ky. and later of Davies Lodge No. 22 of Lexington. was elected an honorary member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C on Jan. 4, 1830.

Willaim, who afterward became one of the distinguished Democratic statesmen of Kentucky and first Post Master General under President Andrew Jackson.

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William T. Barry, U.S. Senator and Postmaster General's Timeline

February 5, 1784
Lunenburg, Lunenburg, VA, United States
September 27, 1807
Age 23
Lexington, Fayette County, KY, United States
August 30, 1835
Age 51
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, United States