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Thomas Barber (February 22, 1814 – December 6, 1855) was a settler who came to Douglas County, Kansas in 1855 from Richmond, Indiana and settled in the Bloomington area. Barber was shot and died during the so-called Wakarusa War about six miles from Lawrence, Kansas. Barber's body was displayed in the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, instantly becoming a martyr and was memorialized in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem, “Burial of Barber,” which became an anti-slavery rally to arms[1].

Barber County, Kansas is named in honor of Thomas Barber[2].


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