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James Barbour
Born James Barbour
February 26, 1828(1828-02-26)
Catalpa, Culpeper County, Virginia
Died October 29, 1895 (aged 67)
Clover Hill, Jeffersonton, Culpeper County, Virginia
Resting place Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia
Residence Beauregard, Brandy Station, Culpeper County, Virginia
Nationality American
Ethnicity European American
Citizenship United States of America
Confederate States of America
Alma mater Georgetown College
University of Virginia
Occupation lawyer, statesman, planter, military serviceman, newspaper editor
Political party Democratic Party
Religion Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Fanny Thomas Beckham
Children Ella B. Barbour Rixey
Mary B. Barbour Wallace
James Byrne Barbour
John Strode Barbour
Edwin Barbour
A. Floyd Barbour
Fanny C. Barbour Beckham
Parents John S. Barbour
Ella A. Byrne
Relatives brother of John S. Barbour, Jr.
first cousin once removed of James Barbour and Philip Pendleton Barbour

James Barbour (26 February 1828 – 29 October 1895)[1][2][3] was a prominent American lawyer, planter, delegate from Virginia to the 1860 Democratic National Convention, delegate to the 1861 Virginia secession convention, and a major in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[]

Barbour was born on 26 February 1828 at Catalpa in Culpeper County, Virginia.[1][2][3] He was the son of John S. Barbour, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 15th congressional district, and his wife Ella A. Byrne.[1][2][3]

Barbour attended Georgetown College from September through December 1840.[3] and attended the University of Virginia School of Law between 1841 and 1842.[2][3] Barbour studied law under John Tayloe Lomax in Fredericksburg, Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1844.[3]

Political career[]

Barbour participated as a delegate representing Virginia at the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.[1][2] A year later, Barbour was a delegate to the 1861 Virginia secession convention.[1][2]

Marriage and children[]

Barbour married Fanny Thomas Beckham, daughter of Coleman Coals Beckham and his wife Mary C. Beckham, on 1 September 1857.[1][2][3] The couple had seven children:[2]

  • Ella B. Barbour Rixey (born 27 February 1858) m. John Franklin Rixey (1881)[2][3]
  • Mary B. Barbour Wallace (born 1860) m. Clarence B. Wallace (1890)[2][3]
  • James Byrne Barbour (18641926)[2][3]
  • John Strode Barbour (10 August 1866–6 May 1952) m. Mary B. Grimsley (1894)[2][3]
  • Edwin Barbour (2 January 1868–5 March 1902) m. Josie McDonald[2][3]
  • A. Floyd Barbour (born July 1868)[2][3]
  • Fanny C. Barbour Beckham (born January 1874) m. Benjamin Collins Beckham (1899)[2][3]

Mason and his wife resided with their family at Beauregard near Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia.[2]

American Civil War[]

After the onset of the American Civil War, Barbour was commissioned as a major on the staff of General Richard S. Ewell.[2] After a dispute with General Jubal Anderson Early, Barbour resigned on 30 January 1863.[2] Other sources cite ill health as Barbour's reason from resigning from service.[3]

During the war, the Battle of Brandy Station took place around the Beauregard estate.[2] The mansion at Beauregard is best known as the Graffiti House because it contains graffiti inscribed by soldiers from both the Union Army and the Confederate States Army.[2]

Later life[]

After the war, Barbour acquired a controlling interest in the Richmond Daily Enquirer and Examiner on 15 July 1867 and became its editor.[2][3] Barbour owned the newspaper until 30 January 1870.[3] In 1885, Barbour successfully ran for the Virginia House of Delegates and served until he retired from politics in 1888.[3]

Barbour died of pneumonia at Clover Hill near Jeffersonton in Culpeper County, Virginia on 29 October 1895.[1][2][3]


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