February 26, 1828
Catalpa, Culpeper County, Virginia
October 29, 1895 (aged 67)|
Clover Hill, Jeffersonton, Culpeper County, Virginia
|Resting place||Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia|
|Residence||Beauregard, Brandy Station, Culpeper County, Virginia|
United States of America|
Confederate States of America
University of Virginia
|Occupation||lawyer, statesman, planter, military serviceman, newspaper editor|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Fanny Thomas Beckham|
Ella B. Barbour Rixey|
Mary B. Barbour Wallace
James Byrne Barbour
John Strode Barbour
A. Floyd Barbour
Fanny C. Barbour Beckham
John S. Barbour|
Ella A. Byrne
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) 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.
Early life and education
Barbour was born on 26 February 1828 at Catalpa in Culpeper County, Virginia. 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.
Barbour attended Georgetown College from September through December 1840. and attended the University of Virginia School of Law between 1841 and 1842. Barbour studied law under John Tayloe Lomax in Fredericksburg, Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1844.
Barbour participated as a delegate representing Virginia at the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. A year later, Barbour was a delegate to the 1861 Virginia secession convention.
Marriage and children
- Ella B. Barbour Rixey (born 27 February 1858) m. John Franklin Rixey (1881)
- Mary B. Barbour Wallace (born 1860) m. Clarence B. Wallace (1890)
- James Byrne Barbour (1864–1926)
- John Strode Barbour (10 August 1866–6 May 1952) m. Mary B. Grimsley (1894)
- Edwin Barbour (2 January 1868–5 March 1902) m. Josie McDonald
- A. Floyd Barbour (born July 1868)
- Fanny C. Barbour Beckham (born January 1874) m. Benjamin Collins Beckham (1899)
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. After a dispute with General Jubal Anderson Early, Barbour resigned on 30 January 1863. Other sources cite ill health as Barbour's reason from resigning from service.
During the war, the Battle of Brandy Station took place around the Beauregard estate. 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.
After the war, Barbour acquired a controlling interest in the Richmond Daily Enquirer and Examiner on 15 July 1867 and became its editor. Barbour owned the newspaper until 30 January 1870. In 1885, Barbour successfully ran for the Virginia House of Delegates and served until he retired from politics in 1888.
- The Political Graveyard (March 24, 2009). "Barbour family of Virginia". The Political Graveyard. http://politicalgraveyard.com/families/10073.html. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Find A Grave (Apr 26, 2004). "Maj James Barbour". Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8684957. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Beckham Family Tree (22 Mar 2005). "(Major) James BARBOUR". Beckham Family Tree. http://beckhamfamily.familytreeguide.com/getperson.php?personID=I7016&tree=T1. Retrieved 2009-04-05.